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Edenton Street 
Methodist Church 


published by 

Sesquicentennial Committee 

Edenton Street Methodist Church 

Raleigh, North Carolina 


hen Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked 
his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they 
said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, 
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye 
that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the 
Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed 
art thou, Simon Bar.jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto 
chee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee. That 
thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church : and the gates 
of hell shall not prevail against it." 

Matthew: Chapter 16; Verses 13-18. 

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.he Congregation of Edenton Street Methodist Church of 1961 is 
honored to dedicate this memorial volume to its past members in grateful 
recognition of their sacrifices and loyalties; and to its future members, 
in hopeful anticipation of the duties and devotion they will render to 
Christ and His Church. 






' } ft Edenton Street 
Methodist Church 

Identon Street Methodist Church is now observing the one hundred and fiftieth year in 
which men and women have sought God within its walls. 

In the sight of God one hundred and fifty years may 
be but the twinkling of an eye, but for His creatures 
it spans a great era of time. Except for the worship 
of God, the men and women who gathered on this site 
one hundred and fifty years ago had little in common 
with our members today. As they congregated beside 
the muddy roads outside the wooden building before 
or after services, the news they discussed did not come 
by way of the television or the radio, nor even the 
telegraph, for none had been invented. It was not even 
brought by the railroads, for none yet ran in this 
country. Perhaps they discussed the new president, 
James Madison, who had just succeeded Thomas Jef- 
ferson. They may have discussed the Indian troubles 
in Florida, which was still owned by Spain. If they 
discussed international affairs, they would not have 
mentioned the downfall of Napoleon, for the Battle of 
Waterloo still had not been fought. They may have 
discussed our troubles with England, but it would be 
a year or two later that the British would occupy Washington and burn the White House. 

Fifty years later, when Edenton Street Methodist Church was already an "old" church, its 
members gathered on the same site to discuss in worried tones the solemn words of President 
Lincoln, and the bloody holocaust which was soon to sweep this Nation. 

Edenton Street Methodist Church had already passed its hundredth birthday when its mem- 
bers first began to worry about World War I, and to pray for its members who were "over 

Now another fifty years has passed, and still other members gather to worship on this same 
site. As we pass the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of our Church, a 
sense of obligation impels us to look back in respect and appreciation to those who have pre- 
ceded us. 

We who gather to worship at Edenton Street Methodist Church owe an immeasurable debt to 
those who established our beloved church and served it faithfully through the many years of its 
history. Many of us have been baptized and have joined the church here, have been married at its 
altar, and in God's time will pass down its aisle on the way to our last resting place. Much of 
the teachings of Jesus, the spiritual precepts and the love of God which we have learned 
through the years, we have learned from this great church and its faithful workers. 

One of the purposes of th~ : s book, therefore, is to memorialize those who have gone before, 
and to preserve something of the history and tradition of this great Church. We also hope in 
this book and in our Sesquicentennial events to witness to those who will follow us, our deep love 
and loyalty to Edenton Street Methodist Church and its institutions. 

None of these purposes, however, express the real aim of this book. It is our hope that it will 
give our members an awakening sense of indebtedness to those who have served this Church 
in the past, and a realization that we, in turn, are serving others who in countless generations 
to come, will worship here where we worship today. In this way it is our sincere hope that this 
book may lead us all to dedicate ourselves anew to the service of God through his Church, in the 
confident hope that for still another one hundred and fifty years to come people will find Jesus 
Christ at Edenton Street Methodist Church. 

Charles H. Young, Chairman 
Sesquicentennial Committee 

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I. The Church Yesterday 

'Thine Ancient Church's Story" — "In Greater Service" — "A Mother in 

II. The Church Today 

"Facts and Figures" — "Sunday Morning" — The Pastor — The Church 
Staff — The Ministry of Music — The Church at Work — Classes and Organi- 
zations — Our Missionaries- — Activities and Views. 

III. The Sesquicentennial 

Schedule of Events — Bishop Garber — Guest Speakers — Past Pastors — 
Sesquicentennial Committee — For Programs and Bulletins — The Memorial 

IV. The Church Tomorrow 

Our Children — "The Church of Tomorrow" — "From the Heart of the 
Pastor" — "Jesus with Thy Church Abide" — "A Thousand Ages." 

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The Church's one foundation 

Is Jesus Christ her Lord ; 
She is His new creation 

By water and the word : 
From heaven He came and sought her 

To be His holy bride ; 
With His own blood He bought her, 

And for her life He died. 

'Mid toil and tribulation, 

And tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation 

Of peace f orevermore : 
Till, with the vision glorious, 

Her longing eyes are blest, 
And the great Church victorious 

Shall be the Church at rest. 

Elect from every nation, 

Yet one o'er all the earth, 
Her charter of salvation, 

One Lord, one faith, one birth ; 
One holy Name she blesses, 

Partakes one holy food, 
And to one hope she presses, 

With every grace endued. 

Yet she on earth hath union 

With God the Three in One, 
And mystic sweet communion 

With those whose rest is won : 
happy ones and holy ! 

Lord, give us grace that we, 
Like them, the meek and lowly, 

On high may dwell with Thee. 

—Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900 

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Edenton Street Methodist Church 


"The Church from Thee, her Master, 
Received the gift divine, 
And still that light she lifteth 
O'er all the earth to shine." 



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EDENTON STREET METHODIST CHURCH, organized 1811, rebuilt 1841, 1881, 1951, 
1957, has been served by some eighty-one ministers and associates. It has occupied four differ- 
ent church buildings, of which two were destroyed by fire. The Church School, organized in 
1827, has been housed in three different buildings, and has been headed by ten Church School 
Superintendents and fourteen Directors of Christian Education. The old Parsonage, which stood 
beside the church, was built around 1895, and was demolished in 1954. It was replaced in 1954 
by a new Parsonage in residential Raleigh. These milestones of growth which have marked the 
increased physical stature of the church are symbols of its growing ministry and of its devoted 
desire ever to move forward in its calling to Christ. 

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jdenton Street Methodist Church stands upon a busy corner 
in downtown Raleigh. Amid the clamor of traffic, the nearby 
bustle of commerce, and the hum of the surrounding government 
offices, the church raises its lighted steeple high above the city 
to thrust its shining cross toward the heavens. Three times daily 
the carillon bells peal out the great hymns of the church, calling 
the varied citizenry to thoughts of God. This church has an 
immense potential of spiritual power. Rich in history and tradi- 
tion, strong in membership, its vision and its ministry can be 

Just as a lofty spire must have its foundation deep in the 
earth, so must a far-reaching church have its foundation deep 
in the past. Edenton Street Methodist Church, large and vibrant 
today, is rooted in history by modest origins. Like most begin- 
nings, the earliest events are veiled in obscurity. The city of 
Raleigh was founded in 1792, and Francis Asbury is the first 
Methodist minister known by name to have preached here. As- 
bury was an itinerant preached called "The Prophet of the Long 
Road" and was the first bishop to be ordained in the Methodist 
Church. In his journal for March 6, 1800, he wrote, "We came 
to Raleigh, the seat of government. I preached in the State 
House. Notwithstanding the day was cold and snowy, we had 
many people to hear." 

In 1800 there were no church buildings in Raleigh. Ministers 
of the various faiths preached in the Court House or the Capitol 
upon their occasional visits. Doubtless other Methodist preachers 

s Prophet of wis r.o\<. road 

"Crown thine ancient Church's 
story; Bring lier hud to glorious 

Bishop Francis Asbury, "The 
Prophet of the Long Road.'' A 
driving force in Methodism, who 
brought his message to Raleigh in 
the early days of the community. 

had preceded Asbury. The Car- 
olina Circuit, consisting of 638 
members and three preachers in the two Carolinas, had been 
formed twenty-four years earlier in 1776. At that time there were 
less than 5,000 Methodists in all the colonies. A man named Jesse 
Lee is known to have preached Methodist sermons in this locality 
as early as 1780. For a number of years at the turn of the 
century, Raleigh was only one charge in a large circuit. 

The first Methodist church building in Raleigh was erected in 
1805 or 1806. It was constructed of hewn logs and located in Joel 
Lane's Woods on what is now the west side of Blount Street 
between Lane and North Streets. This building was known as 
"Asbury's Meeting Place." 

At the Annual Conference held in New Bern, in February, 
1807, Raleigh Circuit was formed. Christopher Mooring was ap- 
pointed as the first preacher in charge, with Gray Williams as 
helper. The population of Raleigh, according to the census taken 
a month later, was eighty-five families. Thus the organization 
and membership of Raleigh Methodism has a continuity of at 
least as far back as 1807. 

Three years later, in 1810, Raleigh District was formed, and 

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The church built in 1811, existed 
before the invention of photography. No 
pictorial representation is known to 
exist. Above is a fanciful drawing of 
what may have been the appearance of 
this earliest church building. 

on February 7, 1811, the Annual Conference met in Ra- 
leigh for the first time with Bishop Francis Asbury pre- 
siding. The business sessions were held in the Senate 
Chamber of the State House, and the preaching services 
were held in the House of Representatives. Concerning 
the Conference, destined to be one of the great milestones 
in North Carolina Methodism, Asbury wrote in his jour- 
nal: "Sabbath, the 11th, I preached in the State House 
to two thousand souls, I presume .... An old time revival 
broke out .... We have had and mean to have, while 
Conference is in session, preaching three times a day; 
meetings somet'mes hold until midnight." It was said 
that Raleigh had never witnessed the like before. 

One of the first events following the Conference was the erection of a new House of Worship. 
This building was completed in 1811, on the site now occupied by the present Church and Educa- 
tion Building. Since all of the early records have been lost, it is uncertain when this building 
became designated as Edenton Street Methodist Church. However, the establishment of a church 
on the present site is the event which occurred 150 years ago, and whose Sesquicentennial is be- 
ing observed this year. This early church was built on land donated by Wilie Jones, a colorful 
Revolutionary patriot from Halifax, North Carolina, and one of the founders of the City of Ra- 
leigh. All that is known of the building itself is that it was a frame structure sixty feet long and 
fifty feet wide, erected by William Glendening, a native of Scotland. It is amusing to consider 
that when the church was built, some voiced the objection that it was too far from the center of 
town. This building served the congregation until 1839, when it was destroyed by fire. 

The message that Bishop Asbury brought to that Conference 
of 1811 lost none of its potency in the years that followed. Over 
the decades the church gave of her members, her finances and 
her moral support to the organization of new churches in the 
area. No records are available prior to 1841 ; but since that time 
Edenton Street Methodist Church has been host to thirteen An- 
nual Conference Sessions (1841, 1853, 1865, 1874, 1882, 1897. 
1909, 1922, 1927, 1944, 1954). Numerous special sessions, con- 
ference-wide meetings, and meetings covering larger areas of 
Methodism have also been held here. 

In 1812, the membership of the church was reported for the 
first time. At that time it consisted of seventy-six members, of 
whom thirty-two were white and forty-four were Negroes. The 
church became a permanent station in 1820. 

A long and unbroken line of ministers has served the church 

from its estab- 
lishment until 
the present. 
Their names 
are listed else- 
where is this 
historv. Little 

Wilie Jones, the versatile and 
spectacular Revolutionary War 
figure who donated the land upon 
which Edenton Street Methodist 
Church now stands. A native of 
Halifax County, Jones was one of 
the founders of the city of Raleigh. 
The original of this portrait is in 
the X. C. Department of Archives. 

The old Communion Service and the old Parsonage 
Bible. These treasured mementos from deep in the 
church's past may now be seen in the Church Building 
in a case just outside the library. 

but the names, 
themselves, is known of the early ministers. 
Occasionally a sentence or a phrase from deep 
in the past will reach down to the present. In 
1819, the pastor was Hezekiah G. Leigh, who 
was known as an eloquent orator. Henry Clay 
after hearing him preach one day said, "He 

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made me smell the brimstone." Leigh spent 
most of his later years working for higher edu- 
cation, to establish colleges in North Carolina 
and Virginia. 

When the original church burned in 1839, 
all the authentic records up until that time ap- 
parently were lost in the fire. Church records 
appear to have been lost at least one time after 
that. In 1881, Sunday School Superintendent 
Donald Bain wrote that "anterior records were 
destroyed by troops passing through the city 
at the close of the late war." It is certain, how- 
ever, that a new brick building was built in 
1841 to replace the one which burned. From 
descriptions of this building and from a very 
small early sketch, it appears to have been typi- 
cal of church architecture of the day. It had 
a columned portico in front, gothic church win- 
dows on the side, and a cupola or low steeple 
on top. 

The church built in 1841. Thi«. artist's rendering 
is taken from a very small early sketch made nearly 
one hundred years ago. The church was a brick struc- 
ture built to replace the first church which had burned 
to the "round two years earlier. 

Among the noteworthy events of the early 
days of the church was a revival under the 

pastorate of The Reverend Sydney Bumpass in 1848, when more than 250 were converted and 
about 150 joined the church. In 1878, there was another great revival held, which was con- 
ducted by Mrs. Mary Moon, an evangelist of the Society of Friends. It was said that this re- 
vival also resulted in converts who could be counted by the hundreds. Its special significance 

to us today is that Mary Moon was the first wo- 
man ever to preach from the pulpit of Edenton 
Street Methodist Church. (Fifty-ones years la- 
ter, during the pastorate of The Reverend F. S. 
Love, another woman, Mrs. Victoria Booth Clib- 
born Demarest, conducted a revival with record 
attendance and a number of converts. Mrs. De- 
marest was a granddaughter of William Booth, 
founder of the Salvation Army.) 

Meanwhile the growth of Raleigh as a com- 
munity had been matched by the growth and 
broadening of activities of Edenton Street Me- 
thodist Church. Sunday School picnics were fes- 
tive occasions early in the church's life. As 
early as 1850, the Sunday Schools of all the 
Raleigh churches used to gather on Capitol 
Square for an annual Fourth of July celebration. 
Carrying their banners, they would parade 
through the streets, then attend services in one 
of the nearby churches, and finally return to the 
Square for a picnic lunch on the grounds. A 
few years later many of these same children, 
older by then, marched on a different mission 
as the nation was torn apart by civil war. The 
church gave of its members to that great con- 
flict, and the minister, Braxton Craven, came 
to this pulpit in 1864, after having served for 
two vears in the Confederate Army. 

Tlie earliest existing picture of a church group 
activity. This is choir practice in 1S!)(», being held in 
the living room of Mr. and Mrs. W. .1. Young at the 
State School for the Blind. Deaf and Dumb, on Jones 
Street one block from the church. At that time W. J- 
Young was Superintendent of the State School as well 
as the Church School. The second figure from the left 
on the second row is Myrtle White (now Mrs. J. Ii. 
Foster), the only member of this choir still living. She 
is now 91 years old. 

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When the State Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind was established one block away on 
Jones Street, many of its people made Edenton Street their church home.- Their presence at serv- 
ices, church socials and classes was for many years a regular part of church life. The ministry 
of Edenton Street to these people deprived of 
sight, speech, or hearing is one of the impres- 
sive chapters in the history of the church. 

In July 1881, the church building, overcrowd- 
ed and obsolete by now, was torn down to be 
replaced by the building which stood for so 
long on this spot and which is the church 
remembered by most of the congregation to- 
day. It was built under the superintendence of 
Thomas H. Briggs. The cornerstone was laid 
September 13, 1881, and the following is from 
a newspaper story of that date. 

"Much interest has been manifested in this 
new church, and there has been great liberality 
shown in the way of contributing towards the 
fund of its erection. The cost will be about 
$22,000. The building will be built of brick, 
with a front on Edenton Street of fifty-five 
feet. It will have in the center of the front a 
tower twenty feet square, which will project 
eighteen feet from the building. This tower 
will be surmounted by a spire, the total height 
of which will be 184 feet. This will make it the 
loftiest in the city. The church and the spire 
will be covered with slate. The church will be 
rectangular in form and quite lofty, with large 
windows and heavy buttresses. The trimmings 
will be of galvanized iron and terra cotta." _. , , , ., „„_„ „,. . , . .... 

The new church built m 1881. This is the building 
that stood so long and Is so well remembered by 
most of the congregation. For over a half century 
its steeple was the highest mark on the Raleigh 
skyline. This artist's rendering is based on an early 
photograph. .Vote the wooden steps up the side and 
the picket fence along the sidewalk. 

The pastor of the church at that time was 
the Reverend A. A. Boshamer. The laying of the 
cornerstone was his last public act. He had 
arisen from a sick bed to officiate, and he re- 
turned to his bed immediately after the cere- 
mony. He died one month later of typhoid fever. 
Funeral services were held in the Sunday 
School room, at which time it was said, "His 
name may be remembered as one who gave the 
best he had to the service of our Sunday School 
and Church." 

According to The Methodist Discipline a 

church building may not be dedicated until it 
is free of indebtedness. This new building was 
so dedicated in 1887 by Bishop W. W. Duncan. 
An account of that day says that "one of the 

The sanctuary interior of the church of 1881. This 
photograph, taken much more recently, shows the 
balcony, the pulpit, the center arch and the choir loft 
which date back to the early construction. The organ, 
lighting, and some furnishings were added at later 

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largest audiences ever assembled in a church in this city 
was present. The dedicatory hymn, written by ex-Gover- 
nor W. W. Holden. was grandly rendered by the congre- 

When our nation was involved in the World War of 
1914-1918, Edenton Street Methodist Church, like the 
other churches and organizations, sent its young men 
to participate in the conflict. From the church member- 
ship eighty-four are known to have served in the armed 
forces, of whom five gave their lives. One of the active 
members of the church, the Honorable Josephus Daniels, 
served in the presidential cabinet as Secretary of the 
Navy during this war. These individuals are memorialized 
by a bronze plaque now hanging in the church building. 

For several years between 1915 and 1920, the church 
was served by assigned "deaconesses" who served as as- 
sistants to the pastor in the fields of visitation, help to 
the needy and care to the sick. These were Miss Florence 
Whiteside, who was succeeded by Miss Jenny Williams. 
The latter resigned and left the church because of poor 

Bronze plaque memorializing those who 
served in World War I. Il hung lor years 
in the church sanctuary. After the church 
burned it was removed to the educational 
section of the building. 

From 1919 until 1923, this church was fortu- 
nate to have been served by The Reverend W. 
W. Peele as its pastor. Fifteen years after leav- 
ing Edenton Street Methodist 
Church, he was elected a Bis- 
hop of the Methodist Church. 
He is the church's only minister 
to have been so honored. In his 
pastoral report to the church's 
quarterly conference in 1923, 
Dr. Peele paid the following 
tribute to his church: "Our 
people are a united people, they 
love one another and they love 
the church and, as a result, they 
are blessed spiritually." 

The succeeding years of 
growth in membership and at- 
tendance made necessary an 
enlarging and remodeling pro- 
gram for the church. In 1950 a 
building committee, headed by 
C. A. Dillon, was appointed to 
formulate and execute plans 
for this building program. At 
the morning worship service 
on the last Sunday before the 
renovation began on the sixty- 
nine year old building, the pas- 
tor, Dr. Howard P. Powell, 
preached to a capacity congre- 

William Walter Peele, a native 
North Carolinian who served as 
minister of Edenton Street Meth- 
odist Church from 1!)1!> until 
1923. He became a Bishop of the 
Methodist Church in 19:?8, the 
only pastor of this church to have 
been so honored. 

gation on "Remembering Our Heritage." He 
said, "I wonder what the State of North Caro- 
lina, the City of Raleigh, some of our homes, the 
personal lives of some of us, our 
business and professional life 
would be without the influence 
of the church. Some of us are 
prone to forget our heritage. 
Heritage means something 
which is unpurchasable. . . I 
hope when we come into this 
building again we shall be more 
reverent than ever before . . . 
We are privileged to pass on to 
those who live after us this 
heritage. Let us be conscious of 
this responsibility." 

That same evening, as a clos- 
ing service, Holy Communion 
was held in the sanctuary. At 
this service tribute was paid to 
the nineteen former organists 
who had served since the instal- 
lation of the organ in 1888. 
Favorite hymns of the former 
organists were played in their 
honor. Mrs. J. L. Foster, the 
first organist, was present for 
this service. The late Mrs. J. 
P. Pillsbury, who served tvven- 

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ty-eight years, was oldest in point of service. 

During the nine months period while the 
sanctuary was being enlarged and renovated, 
morning worship services were held at the 
Ambassador Theater and evening services in 
the Joseph G. Brown Chapel of the Education 
Building. On March 11, 1951, the worshippers 
returned to their church home to find an 
enlarged and more beautiful sanctuary and to 
hear a sermon by Bishop Paul N. Garber on 
the topic "Good News." 

Much of the furnishings and equipment of 
the newly renovated sanctuary were memorial 
gifts, including a four manual organ, a new 
set of organ chimes to complement the tubu- 

Mrs. J. P. I'illsbury, who served 
as organist for more than 28 years, 
longer than any other organist. 

lar tower chimes previously given, stained glass 
windows, and the elaborately carved woodwork 
in the chancel. 

This renovated sanctuary, designed to serve 
the church for many decades, lasted but a brief 
five years. On Saturday night, July 28, 1956, 
the city was shocked by the tragic news of the 
destruction by fire of the Edenton Street Meth- 
odist Church sanctuary. During a severe thun- 
der storm a bolt of lightning struck the cross- 
tipped steeple. Minutes later the entire building 
was engulfed in flame. Soon the steeple toppled 
in the darkness, and it was apparent that it was 

A full sanctuary in one of its last days. This picture 
was taken on Easter Sunday, 1!)50, the last Easter 
before the sanctuary was dismantled and remodeled. 

impossible to save the building. The fire fighters 
worked valiantly far into the night to save the 
Education Building. 

Plans for rebuilding a new sanctuary were 
begun while the ashes of the old were still 
warm. Church members assembled in their Sun- 
day School classes the next day with heavy 
hearts, but with determination to rebuild. 
Morning worship service that day and for the 
next eighteen months was held in the Ambas- 
sador Theater. At a special conference called 
by the pastor and held immediately after that 
first service following the fire, Dr. Powell de- 

First services held fax the remodeled sanctuary. This 
picture was taken March 11, 1951. when the congre- 
gation returned to the church after attending services 
in a nearby theater for nine months. The lights, 
stained glass windows, and open chancel were among 
the many new features. 

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clared: "We will want to make 
plans for immediate rebuild- 
ing of our sanctuary ; we want 
these plans to be made care- 
fully, representing the very 
best thought and always re- 
presenting our prayers, and 
above all, our love for God . . . 

Sunday Morning, .Inly 29. Sun- 
day School was held in the intael 
Education Building, hut Eleven 
O'clock service was held at the 
nearby Ambassador Theater. 

The steeple flames, as lightning 
continues to Hash across the skies 

I feel that Edenton Street 
Methodist Church is stronger 
and better today than ever be- 

During the service Dr. Pow- 
ell read numerous letters 
and telegrams from friends 
from a wide area, many of 
them containing donations to 
the rebuilding fund. He an- 
nounced the very first dona- 
tion of $1.00 which had been 
given to him early that mor- 
ning by an eight year old pri- 

mary department student. 
This small contribution grew 
into over a half million dollars 
as friends and nearly 3,000 
members of the church pled- 
ged themselves to give sacri- 
ficially to the rebuilding pro- 
gram. Matched with the insur- 

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The first rebuilding donation. 
Little Linda Miller gives the pas- 
tor a $1.00 contribution on the 
morning after the fire. 

The Old Parsonage. A frame dwelling, be- 
lieved to have been built about 1805. It stood 
just west of the old sancutary, on the corner 
of Dawson and Edenton Streets, the site 
where the present sanctuary now stands. It 
was demolished in 1054, after the Xew Par- 
sonage was built. 

The Xew Parsonage. A modern brick home, built in 1054. 
and located on Iredell Drive. Church members look forward 
to the present pastor's annual Christmas open house in this 

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The cross above the flames. July 28, 1050. 

Tiie sanctuary consumed by fire. 

The rubble inside tbe burned-out church. 

Groundbreaking, December 28, 1056. 

Stone arch of tbe chancel; oak beams of the roof. 

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The facade with scaffolding. 

A new spire on the skyline. 

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ance settlement, funds were then available for 
the erection of an enlarged new sanctuary at 
a cost of approximately one million dollars. 

A new building committee was formed with 
C. A. Dillon again serving as chairman. The 
committee, working with Architect Charles W. 
Davis, a church member, and Consulting Archi- 

Conclusion of the successful 
fund-raising campaign. Pictured 
are the pastors and the chairmen 
of the various committees. 

tect A. Hensel Fink, designed a structure in red 
brick which was distinctively new, but which 
recreated the spirit and form of the beloved 
sanctuary which burned. The new structure was 
erected on the vacant corner lot which had 
formerly been occupied by the old parsonage, 
torn down in 1954. A wing housing the church 
offices and more Church School classrooms 

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The Cornerstone. Laid June 10, 1957. 

joined the sanctuary to the Education Building. 
A cloistered walk joined the two buildings at 
the front, and the interior court was planted in 
grass and lighted with fixtures saved from the 
old church. 

Ground breaking ceremonies for the new 
building were held on Friday, December 28, 
1956, exactly five months after the burning. 
Bishops W. W. Peele and Ralph S. Cushman 
were present along with the pastor and three 
former pastors of the church, Dr. F. S. Love, 
Dr. E. C. Few, Dr. A. J. Hobbs, and The Rev- 
erend R. G. Dawson, District Superintendent. 
The cornerstone was laid during the Church 
School hour on June 16, 1957. 

The Hook of Remembrance, in which is told the 
story of the rebuilding, and in which is inscribed the 
names of all those who gave and who served in the 

All the memorials previously given to the 
church which burned were re-established in the 
names of the original donors. Many additional 
memorial gifts were received, including more 
stained glass windows, carillon bells, lighting 
fixtures, church portals, furnishings for the new 
library and numerous other articles of worship 
and service in the church. All of the gifts as 
well as the names of all those who participated 
in rebuilding the sanctuary are recorded in the 
Book of Remembrance which stands encased 
in the Narthex of the church and which is 
opened to various pages on successive Sundays. 

The great day of rejoicing and thanksgiving 

Pase IS 

came on Sunday, February 2, 1958, when mem- 
bers of the congregation worshipped for the 
first time in their newly completed building. 
Again the sermon was delivered by Bishop 
Garber, who spoke on the topic, "Our Church." 
Also participating in the service, along with 
the pastor, was District Superintendent R. 
Grady Dawson. Bishop Cushman was guest 
preacher for the evening service that same day. 
A Consecration Service for the Memorial Gifts 
was held on Sunday, May 25, 1958. 

In this new building and with a growing 
membership Edenton Street Methodist Church 
marches out of the past and turns itself toward 
the challenges of the future. 

First serriee in the rebuilt sanctuary. This picture 
was taken Sunday, February 2, 1958, The new struc- 
ture was designed to perpetuate the spirit and form 
of tin' burned church. 


A church sexton's service is a different 
matter from a church member's service. To 
most workers church service means 
preaching and prayer meetings, 
choir practice and Sunday School, 
visitation and soc : al suppers. But 
to the sexton, church work means 
bells to ring, furnaces to fire, 
equipment to move and floors to 
sweep. And only a few can speak 
of so much of this kind of service 
as can George Harris, who served 
as sexton of Edenton Street Metho- 
dist Church for 43 years. 

George began work as sexton in 
1917, and served here continously 
as 10 pastors came and departed. 
Though almost completely retired 
now, George is still present every 
Sunday morning to render services to the 
Church School classes. 

George recalls that his first days with 
this church were before the days of electri- 
city was here. There were gas lamps in the 
sanctuary and gas light on the streets. 
There were hitching posts outside the 
church, and those who did not walk to ser- 
vices drove in buggies and carriages. On 
winter Sunday mornings George would be- 
gin to fire the stoves at 4 o'clock in order 
to have the building warm in time for 

George Harris. 
Sexton of Fden- 
ton Street Meth- 
odist Church for 
43 years. 

the various morning church services. 
Sexton work was more varied in the 
early days, says George, and his 
duties sometime involved being Se- 
cretary, Treasurer, overseer, jani- 
tor and cook. He took care of all 
the upkeep on the buildings, and 
sometimes he worked all through 
the night to have things ready the 
next day. 

It was during George's time that 
the men of the church decided to 
have their first supper. In George's 
words, "They called me one Friday 
night and told me they wanted 
something to eat. So I went down 
and got some chickens, dressed 'em 
and cooked 'em and fixed some hot 
biscuits. And that was the first 

supper ever served in this church." 

In all his years of service George never 
missed a day because of sickness. Rain or 
shine, he was always there. "S'omeone asked 
me once, "George, if it was sleeting and 
raining, would you go?' I told 'em. If I go 
when it's fair I gotta go when it's not." 

George still has a key to Edenton Street 
Methodist Church, and his work as sexton 
is now being done by his nephew. Oris Har- 
ris. But whenever necessary George is still 
available to help out. 

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A notable and rich heritage of Edenton Street Methodist Church through the years is her 
giving to the field of foreign missions. In 1831, Melville Cox, while pastor of the church, left his 
pulpit to go forth as a missionary to Africa. He volunteered for foreign service and became the 
first Methodist Missionary to the Dark Continent. He arrived in Liberia in March 1833 but 

died only five months after he began his work 

Through the succeeding years the church has 
supported several missionaries, among whom 
were The Reverend C. W. Weems in Korea ; The 
Reverend T. H. Yun in Korea, and The Rever- 
end H. H. Stanley in Belgium. The church is 
currently supporting the work of The Reverend 
and Mrs. Clyde Tucker in Chile and The Rever- 
end and Mrs. Lester Griffith in Tunisia. 

Two women of the church also went forth 
in the field of foreign missions. In 1898, Miss 
Mary Pescud, a faithful teacher in the Church 
School, sailed for Brazil where she served inter- 
mittently for a number of years. A few years 
later in 1912, Miss Frances Burkhead departed 
for China where she served for fifteen years, 
and later concluded her missionary service in 

Above Left: Mary Pescud who left this church to 
serve as missionary to Brazil. Above Right: Frances 
Burkhead who left to serve as missionary to China. 

No further early record has been found of individuals going out from Edenton Street into the 
ministry. During later years, the list includes The Reverend Joseph Bostick, The Reverend Henry 
Ruark, The Reverend John William Garrison, now a missionary in Brazil, The Reverend W. 
Eastwood Atwater, The Reverend Jack Crum, The Reverend Robert Wood, The Reverend Jack 
Hunter, The Reverend Repton Merritt, The Reverend R. F. Munns, The Reverend William D. 
Moore, The Reverend David S. Willis, Jr., and The Reverend Charles K. McAdams. 

The Methodist Home for Children 

Edenton Street Methodist Church's ministry to the Methodist Home for Children, formerly 
known as the Methodist Orphanage, dates from 
that institution's founding in 1899. The chil- 
dren at the home are clothed by organizations 
and individuals of Methodist churches through- 
out the North Carolina Conference, and Eden- 
ton Street Methodist Church has shared in this 
privilege. The Home has been the object of 
numerous Church School class projects since 
its inception. On the first Christmas of the or- 
phanage's operation, Mrs. I. M. Procter, a 
member of this church, spearheaded a project, 
sponsored by the women of the missionary 
society and the former local circles of the 
church which has become a tradition, and is 
still promoted each year. It is the Annual Chris- 
tmas program complete with a Christmas tree, 
and presentation of Christmas gifts — their own 
"Wishes" to each child by "Santa Claus". Dur- 
ing the years after this custom was established, 
Mrs. Procter missed only two of these programs 
until she was incapacitated by ill health. In 

A Christmas pageant in the Chiireh School. Such 
observances are annual occurrences, and are an activity 
in which the children of tiie church have the 
opportunity to participate together. At Christmas 
time the children of the Methodist Home are present 
in the activities as well as the thoughts of many of the 
church organizations, 

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Ministry to Service Men during World War II. Ac- 
commodations were provided for them to sleep in the 
church building, and to have breakfast, recreation and 
fellowship on the weekends when they visited Raleigh. 

1935 the children from the Methodist Home 
were enrolled at Edenton Street Methodist 
Church School, and this church is continuing 
to serve as the church home for the children 
and the majority of its staff. 

Ministry to Service Men in World War II 

With large numbers of its men folk away in 
service during the war, the church's thoughts 
turned increasingly toward ministry to the 
numerous service men who came to Raleigh on 
the weekends. In the fall of 1942, quarters 
beneath the church sanctuary were remodeled 
to sleep fifty service men on Saturday nights. 
M. H. Harris, a retired police officer and a mem- 
ber of Edenton Street Methodist Church, super- 
J. Hobbs, visited with these service men each 

vised the weekend visitors. The pastor, Dr. 
Saturday night. 

Each Sunday morning members of the Woman's Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan 
Service Guild served a substantial breakfast to the service men. They were joined at breakfast 
by the pastor who conducted a twenty minute religious and social period at the breakfast table. 
Following breakfast the men moved to the Young Adult class room to read, write, telephone, 
and have fellowship with one another and with the young adults of the church. At 9:30 they were 
already in church school with the young adults, and at 11:00 o'clock a large number of these 
service men worshiped with the Edenton Street congregation. On Mondays, the young adults of 
the church wrote letters to the parents of the service men who had been church guests on Sat- 
urday and Sunday. Under this program several thousand indiv- 
iduals were served socially and spiritually during the course of 
the war. 

On May 8, 1945, the war in Europe was over. On that evening 
more than 500 persons gathered at Edenton Street Methodist 
Church for a service of prayer and thanksgiving and an address 
by the Honorable Jcsephus Daniels on the topic "We Dedicate 
Ourselves." On August 14, 1945, when the fighting came to an end 
in the Pacific, fifty 'minutes after the news had gone out, more 
than 400 persons came to Edenton Street Methodist Church for 
another service of prayer and thanksgiving led by the pastor. 

The Church School 

The Sunday School of Edenton Street Methodist Church is now 
housed in its third educational building on the present site. It 
too has a rich heritage of service. In the early days of the church, 
union Sunday School classes were held for the Methodists, Bap- 
tists and Presbyterians at several locations. During the pastorate 
of The Reverend Bennett Blake, in 1827, the union Sunday School 
was dissolved, and the Methodists opened their Sunday School in 
the church building, with three classes: the older whites, the more 
youthful whites and the colored members. Nathaniel Blake was 
the Sunday School's first superintendent. 

In 1839, following the destruction of the church by fire, Sunday 
School was conducted for a short time in a building on the corner 
of Hargett and Fayetteville Streets. It was later moved to the 
Baptist Church on Moore Square. In 1841, the Sunday School 
came to meet again in the newly erected church. 

Military visitors. Two soldiers 
who passed a Saturday night and 
Sunday Morning at Edenton Street 
Methodist Church. Their names 
may be forgotten, but they are 
representative of the thousands 
who were similarly served during 
the war years. 

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The fli 
is known 

m Church School Building. No photograph 

to exist of this plain wooden building, built 
in 1881. This artist's conception is drawn from des- 
criptions by several church members who still recall 
it with affection. 

As far back as 1850 the importance of provi- 
ding a separate room for the Sunday School 
was recognized by the Sunday School's leaders. 
After several attempts resulting in failures, a 
committee finally submitted a plan ; and a build- 
ing was erected and dedicated in 1881. This first 
Sunday School building was located just east of 
the church ; it was a plain wooden structure 
eighty feet long by forty feet wide with a seat- 
ing capacity of just over 600, and an "infant" 
class in the rear seating one hundred children. 
The cost of the building was $3,000. Those few 
church members who recall this building re- 
member the world "WELCOME" painted on 
the wall above the platform. The Sunday School 
had thirty-seven officers and teachers and 355 
students. W. J. Young, Sr. was the superinten- 
dent. This building was completed just a few months before work was begun on the new sanc- 

On November 10, 1881. the Sunday School building had its first marriage ceremony. On that 
date Joseph G. Brown was married to Miss Alice Burkhead. Miss Burkhead was the daughter of 
a former pastor, who performed the ceremony. Joseph G. Brown was later to serve the Sunday 
School for twenty-seven years as its superintendent. 

The steady growth of the Sunday School brought about a need for a larger building in a few 
years. The successful movement for a new Sunday School building was launched at a banquet 
given by the women of the church's circles to members of the Official Board in February, 1909. 

A farewell service was held in the old building on May 1, 1910. Two years later a modern brick 
building, trimmed with granite, replaced the small wooden structure. The interior was furn- 
ished in dark oak. Seating capacity of auditorium and combined classrooms was 1,500. Formal 
opening was held April 28, 1912. Three services were held that day, marked by large attendance 
and the raising of the $31,000 cost of the building. In the afternoon other Sunday Schools in the 
city joined this church in fraternal services. In the evening The Reverend Leslie P. Howard, of 
First Methodist Church in Rocky Mount. North Carolina, preached the celebration service. The 
Reverend Harry N. North was the church's pastor at that time. 

Under the visionary leadership of Joseph G. 
Brown as superintendent, the Sunday School 
continued to grow in membership and effective- 
ness. Mr. Brown's death on January 30, 1927, 
was a greatly mourned loss in the school and the 
church. While reading the birth announce- 
ments during the assembly period at Sunday 
School, as was his custom, he was stricken and 
was carried from the church. His death that 
same afternoon brought to a close a life full of 
service for his church and his city. He had ser- 
ved as superintendent of Edenton S'treet Meth- 
odist Sunday School since 1905. 

As the Sunday School continued to grow in 
enrollment and attendence. the need for in- 
creased space became more acute. This need 
was met 1936, through the generosity of Dabney 
T. Poindexter, a member of the church, who 

The second Church School Building, erected in 1912 
at a cost of $31,000. Inside was a central auditorium 
with adjoining classrooms on the sides. The exterior 
granite columns are still in existence. 


donated funds for the erection of the present 
Poindexter Memorial Education Building, mem- 
orializing his wife, Mrs. Vashti Rand Poindex- 
ter. This new building, which together with its 
furnishings, represents an outlay of $175,000, 
was formally opened and dedicated on June 6, 
1937. The chapel in the Poindexter Building is 
named in memory of Joseph G. Brown. It is fre- 
quently used for weddings, funerals and church 
meetings as well as for worship services. The 
altar in this chapel is the gift of the late M. H. 

At the laying of the cornerstone for the 
Poindexter Building, the speaker was Dr. W. P. 
Few, then president of Duke University, and 
the uncle of the church's pastor. Dr. Eugene 
C. Few. 

The eleven o'clock worship service in the 
sanctuary on the day of the opening of the 
new church school building featured special mu- 
sic and a sermon delivered by Dr. W. W. Peele, 
who was at that time Presiding Elder of the 
Greensboro District of the Western North Caro- 
lina Conference. Three days later on June 9, 

1937, several hundred people attended an open house in the new Poindexter Memorial Building. 

Officers and teachers of the church school received through the building. 

Joseph (i. Brown, visionary Superintendent of the 
Church School for over twenty-seven years. He was 
married to the minister's daughter in the first wedding 
ceremony held in the old Church School Building- 
Years later he was fatally stricken while making an 
announcement to the assembled Sunday School classes. 

At present the church school is staffed and equipped to meet the needs of all ages from crib 
nursery to the oldest adult member. Among its many activities are Children's-Rally Day, vaca- 
tion Church School, promotion day exercises, additional sessions of missionary units with 
primary and junior children, family nights, etc. The church school has been host to numerous 
Annual Christian Workers' Schools for the Ra- 
leigh area of the Methodist Church. 

Prior to 1929, direction of church school ac- 
tivities had been accomplished by volunteer lay 
members and by various pastoral assistants in 
addition to their other duties. In 1929, the 
Church School acquired a Director of Christian 
Education as a member of the church staff. 
Since that time the Church School has been ser- 
ved by thirteen Directors of Christian Educa- 
tion. Of these, Miss Mildred Hudgens resigned 
to go into missionary work. The Reverend 
Charles K. McAdams, interim director, and The 
Reverend Vernon C. Tvson later became associ- . The ?f * V ^ a "^ B0 ? e s J< ,,, "? 1 . , " vep held at Edenton 

... . ' , _ , 1 Trt „ n , . Street Methodist ( hurch. Participants were Primary 

ate pastors of the church. Robert T. Bedle is I)ei , artnit , nt s tu dents. Superintendent was Miss Mattie 
now the present Minister of Music-Education. f. Reese. This school was held about 1021 or 1922. 

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1 1 


"How lovely is thy dwelling place, 

"O, Lord of Hosts, to me . . . . " 

A tine photograph of the earlier sanctuary. 

Woman's work in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was not for- 
mally organized until 1878, although Southern Methodist women had been 
carrying on work in mission fields much earlier than that. The North 
Carolina Conference Woman's Missionary Society was organized in Novem- 
ber, 1878, in Old Tryon Methodist Church in Charlotte. Edenton Street 
Society, a pioneer society, was organized on March 4, 1879, with Mrs. W. S. 
Black as its first president. The following is a list of the charter members 
of this earliest woman's organization of the church: Mrs. W. S. Black, Mrs. 
D. R. Hill, Mrs. E. M. McVae, Miss Mary Pescud, Miss Nellie Young, Miss 
Janie Brown, Miss Sallie Brown, Miss Blanche Fentress, Miss Rachel Hill, 

Mrs. M. J. Gayle, Mrs. Lizzy Murphy, Mrs. R. H. 

Whitaker, and Miss Narcissa Hutchins. 

On November 6, 1892, a Young Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society was organized by Mrs. Lucy 
Cuninggim with nine charter members. Two 
of the charter members, Mary Pescud and 
Frances Burkhead, later went out as mission- 
aries to foreign lands. The society was later 
renamed in honor of Mary Pescud. Although 
never a large group, the Mary Pescud Mission- 
ary Society has had an enviable record in the 
North Carolina Conference. During all the years 
of its existence its members have supported 
missionaries and native Bible women in foreign 
lands and for many years have held the distinc- 
tion of having the highest per capita giving in the North Carolina Conference. When unification 
of the three branches of Methodism gave to the Southern Methodist Church the inheritance 
from the Northern Church of the Wesleyan Service Guild, the Mary Pescud Missionary Society 
became a circle of the Guild, though still retaining the name, Mary Pescud. Its membership at 
the time of unification was thirty-six. 

The charter meeting of the Woman's Society of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service 
Guild of Edenton Street Methodist Church was held on Sunday afternoon, September 15, 1940. The 
women of the church, assem- 
bled in the sanctuary, had as their 
speaker and installer of officers 
Miss Sallie Lou McKinnon, a for- 
mer missionary to China and Afri- 
ca, and then a secretary of work in 
Foreign Fields of the Woman's Di- 
vision of Christian Service. The oc- 
casion was made memorable by the 
fact that 442 women signed the 
charter membership book as char- 
ter members of this organization. 
They elected Mrs. H. 0. Lineberger 
and Mrs. A. W. Hoffman as first 
presidents of the Woman's Society 
of Christian Service and the Wes- 
leyan Service Guild, respectively. 

The next day the Women Of the The i.,,^,.,^,,,. Memorial Education Building. Erected in 1937 at 

Raleigh District met at Edenton a cost of $175,000, memorializing Mrs. Vashtl Ra«d Poindexter. The 
Street Methodist Church for an original of this water-color painting hangs in the hall of the building. 

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Organization Meeting. This Is a planning session of 
the officers and circle leaders of the Woman's Society 
of Christian Service. Mrs. Graham Poyner is presiding. 

open forum on plans for the new organization. 
In the afternoon the Edenton Street Woman's 
Society held its first general meeting. 

Since unification the Edenton Street Woman's 
Society of Christian Service has been hostess to 
several Annual Meetings, including the 1942, 
1945 and 1952 Annual Meeting of the N. C. Con- 
ference Woman's Society of Christian Service 
and the 1944 Annual Meeting of the South- 
eastern Jurisdiction Woman's Society of Chris- 
tian Service. The Annual Meeting of the North 
Carolina Conference Wesleyan Service Guild 
was held at Edenton Street Methodist Church 
in 1951, and in 1961. 

Youth Organizations 

As far back as 1878, when woman's mission- 
ary societies were begun within the Methodist Church, plans were made to organize missionary 
groups for children. As a result of these endeavors, The Bright Jewel Bands became the young 
people's division of the Woman's Missionary Society. In 1882. Mrs. W. S. Black, assisted by Miss 
Grizzie Bagley, organized a unit of the Bright Jewels at Edenton Street Methodist Church. It 
was composed of boys and girls of the Primary Department through the Intermediate age group, 
and was sponsored successively by various loyal members of the woman's societies. 

Early in this century, it was recognized that there was too great a gap between the Bright 
Jewel Bands and the adult auxiliaries ; and under the direction of Miss Emma Page and Miss 
Lilly Dicke, a Young People's Missionary Band was formed in 1912. It continued as an adjunct 
of the Woman's Missionary Society. During World War I the girls of this organization made hos- 
pital shirts and rolled bandages. In 1923 the organization changed its name to the Marion Allison 
Missionary Society in honor of its president who had died in office. 

As this mission band grew, so did the Epworth League which had been organized a few years 
previously to care for the older boys and girls. This group sought to promote young people's work 
in all categories rather than strictly in the mission field. In 1924 an Intermediate League was 
formed for young people from twelve to seventeen, and the Marion Allison Society became the 
mission department of the Walter 
Lambeth Intermediate League. 
Shortly after this, a junior league 
came into being. This plan of three 
leagues for young people continued 
as the Epworth League until uni- 
fication when the organization was 
changed to the present Methodist 
Youth Fellowship. 

Notable Personalities of 
Church's Historv 


An attempt to pay tribute to the 
entire roster of outstanding men 
and women who, through the years, 
have given of their time, talents, 
and means to the cause of Christ 
through Edenton Street Methodist 
Church would be an impossible 
task. One may well wonder what 

The Bright Jewels, first youth organization of the church. This 
early picture was taken in 1X97 in the first Sunday School Building. 
The identifying sign overhead has fallen, but youth organizations 
have continued uninterrupted down to the present day. 

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the church would be like today had they not lived and served. The influence of Joseph G. Brown, 
W. J. Young, Sr., and W. J. Young, Jr., all long time superintendents of the church school, who 
also served in other capacities in the total program of the church, will continue to be felt for 
decades to come. Men like Henry J. Young, who was church treasurer for many years and Jose- 
phus Daniels, who was the long time teacher of the class of State College boys and later of the 
Baraca Bible Class have left an indelible stamp. Tribute to any members of the church must 
include the long years of loving service of Miss Mattie Reese, Mrs. Lena Wynne Brown and 
Miss Bessie T. Brown with the children of the church. Mrs. Vitruvius Royster and Miss Sallie 
Reese served notably in early missionary work ; Mrs. Alma Wynne Edgerton was a moving spirit 
in the church school for many years, as well as a church organist. Mrs. J. P. Pillsbury, beloved 
organist for nearly thirty years and Mrs. LeRoy Theim, a soprano in the choir for forty-seven 
years, are unforgettable memories to many of this congregation. 

The worth of these and countless others who through the years have made Edenton Street 
Methodist Church a stronghold of Methodism can be matched today by scores of others. Their 
names are legion, too numerous to mention here. By their attitudes and practices toward their 
church they, together with the long line of able pastors, have made her ministry rich and full. 
They have accepted the challenge of the hymn: 

"Rise Up, men of God. 
The Church for you doth wait, 
Her strength unequal to her task ; 
Rise up and make her great!" 

Ashe, Samuel A. : A Biographical History of North Carolina. 
Bain, Donald W.: Edenton Street Sunday School, 1881 
Burkhead, L. S. : Centennial of Methodism in North Carolina 
Everette, Mrs. J. L. : Seven Times Seven 

Iden, Susan Franks : A Historical Sketch of Edenton Street Methodist Sunday School, 1912 
Thrift, C. T.: "Tar Heel Methodism" The News and Observer, March 25. 1951 
"Edenton Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1933" 
Minutes, Quarterly Conference, Edenton Street Methodist Church 
Minutes, Board of Stewards, Edenton Street Methodist Church 
Mhuites, Woman's Societv of Christian Service, and Wesleyan Service Guild. 

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CHARLES KENNETT McAUAMS, a native of Orange County, 
North Carolina, a graduate of North Carolina State College 
in the Class of 1942, came to Edenton Street Methodist Church as 
Lay Associate on January 1, 1950. As a result of his outstanding 
contributions to campus life Charles was listed in WHO'S WHO in 
American Colleges and Universities and elected to the Golden Chain 
Honor Society. 

Married to Verna Brock of Mount Olive, North Carolina, in 1942, 
they are the parents of four children: Charles Kennett, Junior; 
Cynthia; Patricia; and David. 

Mr. McAdams came to Edenton Street Methodist Church from a 
teaching position in the High School of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 
In recognition of his pastoral concern for the entire membership of 
the Church and total program, he was licensed as a Local Preacher 
and became Associate Pastor in 1954. 

After nearly ten years of service on the Staff of Edenton Street 
Methodist Church, Mr. McAdams was called to serve Methodist Col- 
lege, Fayetteville, North Carolina, as Director of Public Relations 
and Development. 

Charles McAdams, loyal Church Staff member, untiring worker, 
compassionate minister to the sick and the suffering, concerned 
citizen, devoted husband, loving father, affectionate friend to many, 
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." — Philippians 1 :3. 

Charles sends this Sesquicentennial greeting from his new home in Fayetteville, N. C. : "One 
of the highest privileges of my life has been the opportunity to serve on the staff of this great 
church, and to share in love and service with so many of her consecrated and dedicated members. 
May the church of the future continue to be a blessing as she provides a redemptive fellowship 
of love." 

CHARLES K. McADAMS, former Associ- 
ate Pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church, 
well remembered and warmly recalled by all 
who know him. 






















Two years sometime between 




WILLIAM J. YOUNG 1866-1877 



JOSEPH G. BROWN 1898-1903 






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Christopher Mooring 
Gray Williams 
William Owen 
Edmund Wright 
Henry Warren 
Edward Cannon 
Thomas A. Anderson 
LeRoy Merritt 
Canellum Hiner 
James Morris 
Philip Bruce 
Matthew Dance 
Jesse Branch 
James McAdam 
Peyton Anderson 
Lewis Skidmore 
Parker Williams 
Henry Hardy 
Amos Treadway 
Hezekiah Leigh 
George Charlton 
Peyton Anderson 
John F. Wright 
George M. Anderson 
Thomas Howard 
William Leigh 
William Hemmett 
George M. Charlton 
Bennett Blake 
George L. Bain 
George Nolly 
Abram Penn 
Melville B. Cox 
Bennett Blake 
James McDonald 
John Kerr 
Daniel Hall 
James Anderson 
George Langhorn 
Edward Wadsworth 
Joseph Davis 
William S. Johnson 
John Todd Brame 
W. S. Johnson 
B. T. Blake 
Sydney D. Bumpass 
John E. Edwards 
Thomas S. Campbell 
Robert 0. Burton 


Rufus T. Heflin 



Peter Doub 



Wm. E. Pell 



N. F. Reid 



Joseph H. Wheeler 



L. L. Hendren 



J. W. Tucker 



John S. Long 



Braxton Craven 



H. T. Hudson 



Jonathan Daily 



L. S. Burkhead 



A. W. Mangum 



L. S. Burkhead 



William S. Black 



Augustus A. Boshamer 



F. L. Reid 



E. A. Yates 



W. C. Norman 



J. T. Gibbs 



J. H. Cordon 



John N. Cole 



W. C. Norman 



G. F. Smith 



B. F. Bumpass 



F. M. Shamburger 



W. A. Stanbury 



H. M. North 



J. C Wooten 



M. Bradshaw 



W. W. Peele 



W. A. Stanbury 



F. S. Love 



E. C. Few 



John C. Glenn 



A. J. Hobbs 



Howard P. Powell 











F. D. Hedden 



James H. Overton, Jr. 



Grady H. Whicker 



Charles K. McAdams 



Vernon C. Tyson 


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1 hese pictures of former pastors hang in the hall of the Poindexter Memorial Buildin 


L. L. Hendren 

H. T. Hudson A. W. Maneum L. S. Burkhead William S. Black F. L. Reid 

E. A. Yates W. T. Norman J- T. Gibbs 

J. H. Cordon John N. Cole G. F. Smith 

B. F. Bumpass F. ML Shambureer W. A. Stanbury H. M. North J. C. Wooten 

M. Bradshaw 

W. W. Peele 

F. D. Hedden John C. Glenn James H. Overton. Jr. 

£gjL £ ': 

A. J. Hobbs Grady H. Whicker Charles K. McAdams 

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In Greater Service 


/^\ mong the many ministers who have served this church with loyalty and devotion, the fol- 
lowing three have gone forth to render great service to Methodism in other fields above and 
beyond the walls of Edenton Street Methodist Church : 


Foreign Missions 

Melville Cox, a native of Maine, was assigned as pastor of this church in 1831. After serving 
here for only a few months, he heard a call from the Dark Continent, and left the pulpit to volun- 
teer for foreign service. Upon completing some months of study and preparation, he sailed for 
Africa in 1833, thereby becoming the first missionary from all Methodism to serve on the Afri- 
can continent. He arrived in Liberia in March, 1833, but his ministry was tragically short. In June 
of the same year he contracted an African fever, and he died in July 1833. Dying, Melville Cox 
left this epitaph in his own words: "Let a thousand fall before Africa is given up." He lies bur- 
ied in a grave in Central Africa. 


Braxton Craven, a native North Carolinian, began his career as a teacher at the age of 16. In 
1840, at the age of 18, he became a licensed preacher. He was appointed assistant teacher of 
Union Institute and soon was made principal of that school. The school was recharted as Normal 
College and later became Trinity College with Craven as its founder and principal. During the 
Civil War, Dr. Craven commanded the Confederate Military Post at Salemburg, and came to 
Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1864 for a two year tenure. In the fall of 1865 he was re- 
elected President of Trinity College, where he served until his death in 1882. Trinity College is 
the forerunner of today's Duke University. It has been said that the history of Trinity College 
is the history of Braxton Craven, for his blood flowed through its every vein. 


William Walter Peele was born in Gibson, N. C, in 1881. He attended Trinity College, and was 
ordained in 1906. He became a professor at Rutherford College, and served as president of that 
institution from 1907 to 1910. He was Head Master of Trinity Park School, and later a professor at 
Trinity College. He served as pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church from 1918 to 1923. After 
serving as pastor of other North Carolina Churches he was made District Superintendent of the 
Greensboro District in 1931. In 1938 he was named Bishop of the Richmond District. Bishop Peele 
is the only minister of Edenton Street Methodist Church to have become a bishop, and the only 
native North Carolinian to enter the Methodist Episcopacy from this state. 

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In Greater Service 

The Men's Bible ("lass, around the year 1915. In this group were Josepbus 
Daniels, who became Secretary of the Navy; Willis Smith, who became V. S. 
Senator from North Carolina; and -I. Crawford Biggs who became V. S. 
Solicitor General. Pictured here are numerous other outstanding civic, 
business and professional leaders. ( Contemporaries of this group will enjoy 
identifying the faces of old acquaintances. 

JOSEPHUS DANIELS, Secretary of the 
Navy, 1913-1921; Ambassador to Mexico. 
1933-1942; founder, editor and publisher 
of the Raleigh News and Observer ; and 
author of numerous books. Mr. Daniels 
was known and beloved at Edenton Street 
Methodist Church for his magnetic lessons 
as teacher of the Men's College Class and 
later as teacher of the Men's Bible Class. 
During his days in government service, his 
faithfulness led him to make frequent long 
trips back to Raleigh to worship in his 
church home. 

CLYDE R. HOEY of Shelby. N. C, never 
transferred his membership to Edenton 
Street Methodist Church, but he served as 
teacher of the Men's Bible Class during 
the time that he was Governor of North 
Carolina. He was Representative and Sena- 
tor in the State Legislature for 8 years. 
Governor of North Carolina from 1937 to 
1941, and United States Senator from North 
Carolina from 1945 until his death in 1954. 
His portrait hangs in the Fellowship Hall 
of the church. 

WILLIS SMITH of Raleigh. N. C, was 
active in numerous phases of legal activity. 
He served as president of the Wake County 
Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar 
Association, and in 1945-1946, as President 
of the American Bar Association. He was 
Speaker of the North Carolina House of 
Representatives in 1931. In 1950 he was 
elected United States Senator from North 
Carolina, and served in that office until 
his death in 1953. The Chancel Rose Win- 
dow of Edenton Street Methodist Church is 
a memorial to Willi- Smith. 

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A Mother Church In Methodism 

By Tin- Reverend W. A. Cade 


jike all the churches of God, Edenton Street Methodist Church is 
situated in the midst of an imperfect and sinful world where it should 
shine as a light of truth and minister the Word of Life to the people. 
Edenton Street has been such a church for one hundred and fifty years 
here in Raleigh, the Capital City of North Carolina. For much of this 
century and a half it has been recognized as one of the great and 
influential Methodist churches in our state and nation. 

During this hundred and fifty years of its 
life and ministry this grand church has been 
served by a large number of able and good 
ministers. Some of them have experienced 
unusual distinction. Over a century ago the 
Reverend Melville Cox was sent to Africa 
as the first foreign missionary of the Meth- 
odist Church there. In 1938, The Reverend 
VV. W. Peele was elected a Bishop of the 
Methodist Church. Young men and women 
have gone out from the membership of the 

church to be ministers and missionaries in near and far-away places of 
the world. Some of them are there today. Through the vision and gener- 
osity of Edenton Street, other missionaries than those from this 
church are now serving God and humanity in foreign lands. 

p;» - 

Others who have made Edenton Street their church home have 
served our state and nation as governors, senators, ambassadors, cabinet min- 
isters and other important secular and political positions. Situated in the heart 
of our Capital City, this church has nourished the hearts and minds of count- 
less state officers and employees, teachers and students in our schools and col- 
leges who have worshipped here, thus preparing them for righteous service 
at home and abroad. And so it is that the ministry and influence of this church 
have gone out beyond its walls to the ends of the earth through the works of 
these Christian laymen. 

Incident to a rapidly growing and changing population in this area, Edenton 
Street Methodist Church, together with other Methodist churches of Raleigh, 
takes a leading part in the founding and support of new Methodist Churches 
in and around Raleigh. Nine such churches have been organized during the past 
fifteen years. This extension of the church is accomplished through the agency of the "Raleigh Board of 
Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Church, Inc." Thus it is that this historic church ob- 
serves the Sesquicentennial of its life and ministry, not as a church that has been, but as one that is now, 
and as one that will continue to be. 

But a church's life and influence is not expressed most permanently and effectively in a spectacular 
ministry in distant and high places of the world. It is expressed, rather, in the lives of its people from 
generation to generation, and from childhood to old age. It would be interesting to hear a roll call of that 
multitude of people who, from their birth until death, partook of the Word of Life in Edenton Street 

Methodist Church. Many of them were baptised, 

ministered to each Sabbath, were married and were 

buried from the altar of Edenton Street Methodist 

Church. They lived their lives, did their work, and 

died in the faith because Edenton Street Methodist 

Church has been here these hundred and fifty years. 
"Faith of our fathers, living still!" Such faith 

continued from generation to generation. Such is ex- 
emplified in the life and ministry of Edenton Street 

Methodist Church, a mother church in Methodism. 


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Edenton Street 

Methodist Church 


"/ love Thy Church, God! 
Her walls before Thee Stand, 
Dear as the apple of Thine eye 
And graven on Thy hand." 



Organized __ 1811 

Location . Corner Edenton and Dawson Streets 

Membership 3,004 

Annual Budget, 1960-61 $161,886.00 

Church School Membership 1,700 

Church School Classes .. _ 42 

Children's Division 23 

Youth Division 11 

Adult Division 8 

Church School Workers ...104 

Class Rooms and Assembly Rooms 47 

Overall Length of Sanctuary 186 Feet 

Interior Length of Sanctuary 

(Chancel to Narthex) 105 Feet 

Width across Sanctuary 58 Feet 

Height of Roof (Floor to Top Arch) 49 Feet 

Height of Steeple 190 Feet 

Height of Cross 121/2 Feet 

Seating Capacity of Sanctuary 1,200 

(about 1,300 with chairs) 

Seating Capacity of Chancel (Choir) .....70 

Altar Georgia White Marble 

Woodwork Stained White Oak 

Floor Vermont Slate 

Decorative stone... Indiana Limestone 

Brick North Carolina Domestic 



.Built by M. P. Moller Company, has 2,760 pipes 
ranging in length from 18 feet to less than i/o 
inch. Additionally has harp and chimes. 

.25 Schulmerich Arlington Carillonic Bells. Played 
from organ console or by automatic roll player. 
Heard as desired from the church tower, the 
organ chamber, or from both. 







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The Lucy Procter Parlor. 

The Xarthex of the Sanctuary. 


The Altar of the Joseph G. Brown Chapel. 

These beautiful stained glass windows depicting 
John Wesley and Francis Asbury were made a part 
of the church when the sanctuary was remodeled in 
1951. When the church was rebuilt following the fire, 
these windows were replaced with Biblical characters. 
They now exist only in the memory of the congrega- 

The Memorial Plaque in the Poindexter Education 

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DR. HOWARD P. POWELL has served Eden ton 
Street Methodist Church longer than any other pastor. 

hen Sampson County is mentioned some people 
think of huckleberries, but the congregation of 
Edenton Street Methodist Church think of Howard 
P. Powell. You have to be around him for only a 
few minutes to learn that he has a tender spot in 
his heart for his native Sampson County. 

Life on the farm was not easy, but here Howard 
Powell learned some important lessons in self- 
discipline. He grew up under the guidance and in- 
spiration of devout Christian parents. While still 
in High School he was called of God to enter the 

In 1919 Howard P. Powell entered Trinity Park 
Preparatory School, then went to Trinity College 
and on to Asbury College. In 1938 High Point Col- 
lege awarded him the Doctor of Divinity Degree. 

Dr. Powell's first church was in Spray (1924- 
1927). While at Spray Dr. Powell married Eunice 
Claire Rich, a native of Graham. From Spray Dr. 
Powell went to Murphy (1927-1931). He then went 
to Marion ( 1931-1935). While at Marion, September 
18, 1933, the Powells were blessed with the birth 
of their only child, Howard Peterson Powell, Junior. 

From Marion the Powells were appointed to the 
First Methodist Church, Asheboro, where he served 
from 1935 to 1939. Their next appointment was 
Dilworth Methodist Church, Charlotte, where he 
served from 1939 to 1947. 

In 1947 the Powells came to Edenton Street Methodist Church for the usual four years and perhaps a 
little longer if all went well. All did go well — so well in fact that the congregation refused to let him 
go. Fourteen years later Dr. and Mrs. Powell are still loved and appreciated more than ever before. 

What greater compliment could be paid any preacher than to say he came through a remodeling and a 
building program with increased respect and more love from his members? Dr Powell will long be remem- 
bered for his spiritual depth and for his sermons on LOVE. But he will be remembered longest of all 
because he practiced what he preached ! 

With Mrs. Powell. A 
Christmas picture taken 
in the doorway of the new 
parsonage, built in 1954. 

Inspecting the pulpit as 
it goes into place in the 
rebuilt sanctuary. 

With Bishop Paul X. 
Garber and District Su- 
perintendent R. Grady 

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St. m ~- ■ ' 
■ J. m. „ .. 

I love Thy Kingdom, Lord, 
The house of Thine abode, 

The Church our blest Redeemer saved 
With His own precious blood. 

For her my tears shall fall, 
For her my prayers ascend, 

To her my cares and toils be given, 
Till toils and cares shall end. 

I love Thy Church, God! 

Her walls before Thee stand, 
Dear as the apple of Thine eye, 

And graven on Thy hand. 

Beyond my highest joy 

I prize her heavenly ways, 

Her sweet communion, solemn vows, 
Her hymns of love and praise. 

Sure as Thy truth shall last, 

To Zion shall be given 
The brightest glories earth can yield, 

And brighter bliss of heaven. 

—Timothy Dwight, 1752-1817 
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VERNON C. TYSON, Associate Pastor, comes from a large 
family of ministers. His father is a minister, and he has five 
brothers, all in the ministry. Vernon is a graduate of Guilford 
College and Duke University Divinity School. He is married to 
the former Martha Buie of Biscoe, N. C, and they have two sons, 
Vernon, Jr., and Timothy. During his student days Vernon was 
Chaplain at Oak Ridge Military Institute. He has served the 
following pastorates: Stem-Bullock Charge and Goldston Charge. 
He came to Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1958, as Minister 
of Christian Education, and was appointed Associate Pastor in 

Manager, has recently come to the church 
staff from the world of business. He at- 
tended Mars Hill College and N. C. State 
College. Bob is a veteran of World War 
II. He is married to the former Martha 
Dowell of Raleigh, and they have three 
children. (Left* 

tor's Secretary, like the pastor is a native 
of Sampson County. Prior to her marriage 
in 1959, she was Fay Jackson. She is a 
graduate of Peace College, in Raleigh, and 
has served as the pastor's personal secre- 
tary for the past seven years. (Right I 



has served with our 
church for eleven years. 


Maid, has served with our 
church for eleven years. 


MRS. LINEBERGER, Church Hostess, is a 
longtime active member of the Edenton Street 
Congregation. She is a graduate of Elon Col- 
lege, and has been Church Hostess for eight 
years. She served as the first president of the 
Woman's Society of Christian Service in this 
church. I Above left I 

MRS. YOUNG. Staff Secretary, joined our 
church staff in 1959. Prior to that time she 
was Church Secretary at West Raleigh Presby- 
terian Church. (Above center) 

MR. NICKALSON. Building Superintendent. 
has served in his present position for the past 
three years. Prior to that time he was with 
the J. J. Barnes Company of Angier, N. C. 
(Above right) 

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Music and 

p in music as a part of the spiritual life of Edenton Street 
Church is under the direction of Robert T. Bedle, Minister of 
Education and of Mrs. William D. Miller, Church Organist. It 
is their privilege to present to the church 
the musical messages of faith and devo- 
tion, to lead in singing, and to train the 
various choral groups. Mr. Bedle ( right ) 
is the first staff member to combine the 
positions of Minister of Music and Min- 
ister of Christian Education. He is a 
graduate of Asbury College, and studied 
voice under Robert Malone of Carnegie 
Hall in New York City. He is listed in 
"Who's Who in American Colleges and 
Universities." Before he came to this 
church in 1959, he served for the pre- 
vious five years in churches in Pensacola, 
Florida. He is married to the former 
Frances Osborne of Greensboro, and they 
have two children. 

Mis. William D. Miller, 

Soprano Soloist. 
Mrs. Donald Redding 

Tenor Soloist. 
Edward Hill 

Robert T. Bedle, Minister of 
Music and Education. 

Catherine Ritchey Miller (left) has 
been Organist of Edenton Street Methodist Church since 1948. She 
received her Bachelor's Degree from Reed College, and her Master's 
Degree from the University of Montana. Mrs. Miller has given organ 
recitals in widespread cities in the United States and is North Carolina 
State Chairman of the American Guild of Organists. She has been 
Organist and Teacher of Organ at Peace College since 1955. Mrs. Miller 
is the wife of Dr. William D. Miller, Associate Professor of Silviculture 
at North Carolina State College. 

tured below) is the senior music 
group of the church. These forty- 
one dedicated men and women 
have the responsibility for the 
vocal music at all the Sunday 
morning and evening services. 
Additionally they give cantatas 
and musical programs on special 
occasions throughout the year. 

Contralto Soloist. 
Mrs. Ben Rash 

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THE CHERUB CHOIR is made up of chil- 
dren who are members of the Primary De- 
partment, ranging in age from six to eight 
years old. There are thirty-three members in 
this group. They practice one hour each 
week and participate in the Christmas music- 
al programs and other services during the 
year. Mrs. Robert T. Bedle is the accom- 
panist for this group. (Right) 


This is an informal group made up of men 
of the church. Several times- yearly they sing 
the hymns of the church for the Sunday 
Evening Services. 

THE CAROL CHOIR is composed of boys 
and girls who are members of the Junior De- 
partment of the Church School, ranging in 
age from nine to eleven years old. Mrs. Bedle 
is the accompanist for this choir also. Like the 
group above, they practice one hour each week 
and participate in the Christinas services and 
other musical programs during the year. 


To be organized within the coming year. 
These groups will present non-vocal church 
music through the use of imported English 
hand bells. The Bell Choirs are contemplated 
as a medium of recreation as well as of music. 

THE COMBINED CHOIRS, photographed in 

light Festival of Carols for Christmas, 1960. 

he church sanctuary. These groups presented the Candle- 

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Officers of The Official Board 

Drewry J. Jones.. 
Claude H. F 



Miss Susan G. Womble 
D. L. Cozart 


Arthur, W. T. 
Andrews, John 
Anderson, John C. 
Baker, J. Earle 
Burns, F. Kent 
Collie, Miss Ida 

Creech, Paschall L. 
Cooper, Marvin P. 
Chambers, Clement L. 
Crump, L. D. 
Dixon, Layman. B. 
Green, Thomas E., Jr. 

The Elective Stewards 
Class of 1961 

Dupree. H. A. 
Ferguson, Paul E. 
Hornbuckle, John 
Hoffman. Mrs. A. 
Harris. Robert J. 
Harper. Joseph N. 

Harmon. J. Obie 
Marshall, Roy L. 
Nash, T. Lewis 
Nicholson, James L. 
Paschal, Donald L. 
Stanley. Dr. Lloyd B. 

Uzzell. A Thomas 
Warren. Max G. 
White, George L. H. 
Wilkes. John W., Jr. 
Williams, Charles D. 
Williams, George P. 

Bashford, Ryan A. 
Brittain, A. C. 
Cline, Mrs. W. T. 
Flowers, E. D. 
Gerock, W. R. 

Hargrove, Ralph 
Howard, Earl N. 
Johnson, I. Edward 
Lattimore, George, Jr. 
Mansfield, Frank 

Class of 1962 

Marsh. Mrs. Vera Tart 
Murphy, James L. 
Pearce, E. S. 
Raymond. Mrs. Mat. C. 
Reep, A. R. 

Sharpe, Robert A. 
Simon, Haslin 
Stone, Hugh L.. Sr. 
Thompson, J. E., Jr. 

Wall. J. E. 

White. Mrs. R. Shelton 
Wilkerson, Dr. Louis R. 
Witherspoon, David 

Anderson, Frank R., Jr. 
Barnitz, R. M. 
Booker, W. Frank 
Clement, Andrew L. 
Coltrane, D, S. 
Davis. Mrs. P. H. 

Doub. Judge Albert 
Edwin, Clyde. Jr. 
Farrell, Claude H. 
Ferguson, B. Troy 
Ferguson, J. L. 
Forbis, Ben 

Class of 1963 

Graham, Ernest W. 
Hall, Fred O. 
Hanse, Mrs. David 
Herring, Charles H. 
Hillman. Mrs. James 
Hooks, Thearon G. 

Jones, Mrs. Chauncey M. 
Kiser, Jesse A. 
Koonce, John E., Jr. 
Lathan, W. L. 
Ledbetter, Dr. C. Burkhead 
McKenzie, Miss Eleanor 

Morehead, Dr. Charles 
Peden, James M., Jr. 
Smith, Dr. J. Warren 
Strickland. W. J. 
Sumner, Miss Rachel 
Walker, Owen, Jr. 
White, Jerry M., Jr. 

Amburn, John L. 
Baldwin, Jesse G. 
Bean, Kenneth 
Brigman, Mrs. Fred E. 
Broaddus, Col. Russell 
Daniels, Garland 
Dawkins, C. P. 
Deyton, C. P. 
Dillon, C. A., Jr. 
Duncan, John N. 

Garriss, W. T. 
Green, Garland 0. 
Gulledge, Sidney L. 
Hester, W. F. 
Holoman, W. Kern 
Howard, Jack O. 
Jackson, Charles G. 
Jennette, W. R. 
Jones, Drewry J. 
Kolbe, Melvin 

Class of 1964 

Laursen, W. A. 
Lineberger, Dr. Henry 
Maxwell, J. Myron 
Meares, J. S. 
Meares, M. A. 
Merritt, Miss Mable 
Moore, Harry B., Jr. 
Moore, Iral B. 
Myatt, W. A., Jr. 
Page, W. Legrand 

Pearse, R. J. 
Peterson, Martin R. 
Pollock, J. Emmett 
Raper. Hugh M. 
Sanders, Dr. Lee H. 
Readv, Dr. I. E. 
Sherrill. Mrs. Russell 
Shinn, W. E. 
Smith, Miss Clyde 
Smith, Dr. Everett L. 

Speight, Hubert C 
Stanley, Thomas E. 
Teal, Mrs. Hubert 
Wilkerson. Dr. Charles B., 
Williams, Dr. Robert 
Wilson, Robert M. 
Womble, Miss Susan G. 
Wooten, Kenneth F., Jr. 
Wynne, Robert, Jr. 

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Seated — left to right: B. R. Cole, assistant general superintendent; C. A. Dillon, Sr., general 
superintendent; Mrs. E. Y. Floyd, superintendent, Primary Department; Mrs. C. P. Deyton, su- 
perintendent. Kindergarten Department; Mrs. Martin Cutler, superintendent, Junior Department; 
James D. Ray, Jr., assistant general superintendent; P. D. S'nipes, superintendent, Senior De- 

Standing — left to right: Mrs. George Crawford, superintendent, Nursery Department; Mrs. 
Earl Baker, Nursery Department B ; Dr. James E. Hillman, general secretary ; W. Thomas Edi- 
son, superintendent, Junior-high department; Charles H. Young, assistant general superinten- 
dent; Walton S. Dennis, general secretary-treasurer; N. E. Edgerton, assistant general superin- 
tendent ; Dr. C. C. Robinson, superintendent, Adult Division. 

Not in picture: Donnell P. Dunham, superintendent. Youth Division, and Miss Mary Gardner, 
superintendent, Children's Division. 

Page 4G 



The crib nursery was made available in 1958 for mothers with new babies who wish to attend 
Sunday School and Church. The nursery is staffed by young mothers and other volunteers. Mrs. 
Charles Wilkerson is the Home Nursery Visitor. 

Secretary for Nursery Department: Mrs. W. H. Darden, Jr. 

Page 4S 

Nursery A was organized in 193 5 to meet the needs of children under three years old whose parents felt 
they were ready for Sunday School. The teachers through the years have had a happy experience working 
with them. Teachers: Mrs. George Crawford, Superintendent; Mrs. David Hanse, now Mrs. Frank Thomas; 
Mrs. T. E. Green, Jr.; Mrs. Phillip Davis. 

Nursery B is for the three to four year olds. These children have a fellowship period, following which they 
have a worship service at the altar, on which is a bras* collection plate and candlestick, memorial to a former 
member. There is, a fine spirit of co-operation among the teachers. Teachers: Mrs. J. Farle Baker; Mrs. Don 
Paschal; Mrs. Lewis Polier; Mrs. Warren Barfield: Mrs. W. R. Gerock; Mrs. Mary McDonald; Mrs. Blanche 
Bradley; Mrs. Paul Ferguson. 

.««■ |i < 


This department is made up of four and five year olds learning to share activities together. Here they 
are taught to play cooperatively and to become familiar with Bible stories. The workers divide the period 
into a play session and a worship time. In the play period they follow their own inclinations, using play 
materials furnished by the department. Through this play they are guided to share, to give, and to take. 
Sometimes they make gifts for their parents or for the sick. The second half of the period is devoted to 
worship in songs, prayers and stories. 

Mrs. C. P. Deyton is superintendent, aided by the following: Mrs. Pullen Sizer, teacher and helpers, 
Mrs. Bernard Terry and Mrs. Winifred Cranor; Mrs. J. E. Thompson, teacher, and helpers, Mrs. VV. H. 
Keel, Mrs. Howard Gray, and Mrs. W. E. Davis; Mrs. Joseph I. Lee, teacher, and helpers, Miss Natalie 
Coffey and Miss Frances Hedden; Mrs. John R. Adams, teacher, and helpers, Mrs. J. Ed Wall, Miss Mary 
Ferree, and Mrs. W. R. Gerock. Mrs. Robert Burch is secretary for the department which supervises about 
seventv-five children. 


Edenton Street has always been foresighted in making arrangements J^**^^ 1 ^ 
of its children As early as 1878 Mr. W. J. Young, Sr., superintendent oi the Sunday bcnool le 

gtea^ne^foV separation of the children ^ ** ** ^ * ' ^ tt^ 

building was erected separating the main school by sliding doors, and fitted with raised circuiai 


This first division of children from the adults was called the "Infant Class and was super- 
visefbx Mrs W J Yo U1 g . S r. She kept it until 1895, when Miss Mattie Reese became superin- 
tendent At his time the department consisted of children up to the age of 12. There were 50 
enrolled In 1896 the Intermediate department was formed by taking the older children out of 
the In 'ant Class (Primary Department). These consisted of children of what is now Junior and 
In te mediate age. Under "MissWs" leadership the children's group increase so rapidly 
that in 1899 a new classroom was built. This was soon out grown and m 1912 a ne* bundaj 
School Building was erected. 

"Miss Mattie" was not satisfied only with the numbers of children but she was concerned 
with the oualitv of their religious training. After many months of hard work and study, she 
, blished a mplified set of the 25 doctrines of the Methodist Church for the use ot the Pn- 
^^SSmnTwbm the children were promoted to the Intermediate Department, they 
Tell i!ot onh well grounded in the fundamental truths of the Bible, but were also well versed 
in the beliefs and doctrines of the Methodist Church. 
During the ensuing years up to 1935 there was fur- 
ther expansion and division of the Primary Depart- 
ment. At the time of "Miss Mattie's" retirement in 
1937, the department had been subdivided into three 
graded classes, ages six, seven, and eights with two 
sections in each class. 

Mrs. E. Y. Floyd then became superintendent. Under 
her leadership, the department has increased even 
further until it has reached its present enrollment of 
115 children, with 13 teachers. There are 8 classes in 
all. Mrs. Floyd by working with her teachers and 
having monthly meetings for study and planning, has 
developed further the program of the children's religi- 
ous training. Missionary instruction has been added 
to the curriculum by special sessions held during the 
winter months. During all of this time, Mrs. Floyd has 
been ably assisted by Mrs. Sally Page Ruffin Weaver 
(Mrs. J. G.) as musical supervisor. At the present time, 
1960, Mrs. Floyd remains as superintendent. 


The nine classes of the Junior Department, embracing children within the fourth, fifth, and 
sixth grade age groups, has an enrollment, as of January 15, 1961, of 178. 

The closely graded lesson materials are used throughout the department. Copies of the story 
paper, "Trails for Juniors", are distributed each Sunday. 

Each year the Juniors engage in an intensive mission study course, holding additional ses- 
sions for several Sundays. The department is annually host at an Open House for its parents 
and friends. 

Monthly departmental teachers meetings are held. Mrs. Martin Cutler is the superintendent. 

Pictured below is the Junior Department ;tt Vacation Bible School. 



A. .7 

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I ! 1. I I :l Ti il ;' 

The Methodist Youth Fellowship, more popularly known by the letters MYF, is the organization of 
our church for all young people 12 through 23 years of age. On December 31, 1941, following the uni- 
fication of the three Methodist groups, the Methodist Youth Fellowship was formally installed. 

This fellowship takes in all meetings, activities, and projects of this age group. In Edenton Street 
Church we have three separate departments within the MYF — the Intermediate i or Junior High) group; 
the Senior (or Senior High) group; and the Older Youth, ages 18-23. 

Each of these groups meets on Sunday morning during the Church School hour for worship and study 
in classroom participation. On Sunday evening they meet for fun and fellowship, with supper served by 
the circles of the church, followed by worship services and programs for each group. 

There are many other activities, such as socials, the annual trip to the beach each spring, the annual 
barbecue outing and hayride at Enos Blair's farm, softball and basketball teams, participation in the Sub- 
District activities, the annual Sweetheart Banquet and many others. 

Each year the three groups pledge to the Methodist Youth Fund, which goes toward the support of 
youth work in our church, on the Conference level, and nationally, as well as toward the support of vari- 
ous missionary projects. 

For the past four years, since the burning of our church, the young people have had several projects to 
make money to go tqward the Rebuilding Fund. They have sold light bulbs, candy. Christmas cards, had 
car washes, etc., to make money for this fund. 

The MYF motto is "Christ Above All" and the purpose is "to live clean lives following the highest that 
we know; to give our loyalty and service through the Methodist Church of which we are a part; to hold 
the ideals of unselfish service ever before us; and in simple trust, to follow Jesus as our Saviour and 

Lord". ____________™„ MM , 

Charles Wright — President 
Forrest Hedden — Vice-President 
Jodv Johnson — President, Older 

Linda Haley — President. Seniors 
Marianna Nicks — President, Jun- 
ior Highs 


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cobb — Older 

Mr. and Mrs. Donnell P. Dunham 
— Seniors 

Dr. Jere Roe — Seniors 

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Jordan — Junior 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Bedle 

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Marianna Nicks — President 
Gordon Wilson — Vice-President 
Lynn Thiem — Secretary 
Richard Jordan — Treasurer 
David Hanse — Christian Faith 
Beth Wood — Christian Citizenship 
Sara Jones — Christian Outreach 
Shelton White — Christian Witness 
David Parsons — Christian Fellowship 
Carolyn Cobb — Music Committee 
Kern Holoman — Contact Committee 
Stevie Brittian — Offering 


Marguerite Ready 

L. B. Parker 

James Weaver 

Mrs. Hugh Dupree 

Mrs. Ernest Graham 

Dr. Isa Grant 

Miss Helen Ruffln, Secretary 

Thomas Edison. Superintendent 


Linda Haley — President 

Harold Landis — Vice-President 

Jane Teal — Secretary 

Tommy Smith — Treasurer 

Kelly Fleming — Publicity 

Nancy Ray — Pianist 

Hughes Pope — Christian Witness 

Bill Crossland — Christian Fellowship 

Ed Bailey — Christian Outreach 

Donald Johnson — Christian Citizenship 

Sally Crump — Christian Faith 


Mr. and Mrs. Donnell P. Dunham 
Dr. Jere Roe 


P. D. Snipes. Superintendent 

Mrs. R. Shelton White 

Hugh Stone 

I. Edward Johnson 

James J. Garland 

Edward Avent 


Jody Johnson — President 
Belle Cline — Vice-President 
Harriet Kiker — Secretary-Treasurer 
Ella Kiker — Secretary-Treasurer 


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cobb — Evening 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Thiem — Church 


Kent Burns 
Sid Gulledge 


All youth get together at 5:30 on 
Sunday afternoons for recreation 
and supper. The meal is prepared by 
the various Woman's Society of 
Christian Service and Wesleyan Serv- 
ice Guild Circles. 

After the meal the youth ordinarily 
go to their respective rooms for the 

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The Annual Junior High Christmas Banquet. 

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A highlight of the MYF year is the annual 
barbecue at Enos Blair's Plantation. 

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Our defending' champs of the Raleigh Church 
League in basketball arc mostly seniors and older 
.youth with a few "real old" youth. Herb Cobb 
(Number 12) won the League Sportsmanship 
Award. The Youth Division also sponsors a softball 
team which placed second in the League. 

Older Youth enjoy a swimming party. 

'MYFers" returning from hay-ride. 

The Senior Council enjoys a laugh during one 
of the monthly planning meeting's. 

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One of 
the congr 

the ye 

arlv act 


the Christmas Play. The youth cast (left presents the play in the 
ary for silent meditation at the Nativ ty Scene (right). 

Fellowship Hall and traditionally leads 



Representatives of our youth meet with those ot oiher 
churches in summer assemblies such as this one at Louisbure 
College for leadership training and program co-ordination. 

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Outstanding speakers are used periodical- 
ly in youth rallies. Last year's speakers 
included Dr. Ford Philpot (above), well 
known TV Evangelist, and Eugenia Price 
and Rosalind Rinker, authors of several 
spiritual books for teen-agers. 

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The week-end Beach Retreat is open to all Older Youth, Seniors, and third-year Jr. Hi's. Since seats on the chartered bus are limited, 
a point-system is used to determine who will make the trip, and competition is usually spirited. Points are based on participation in 
activities, conducting programs, and attendance. Discussion groups are held twice dailv, and recreation plays an important part. The 
theme in 1960 was "God's Will For My Life". 

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A program - planning' session. 
(Above left). Normally each age 
group plans and presents its own 

The Reverend Geddle Strickland 
presents to MYF listeners a story 
of his ministry among Brazilian 
Indians (Above right) . 

Car washing to raise funds for 
the rebuilding pledge (Left). 

Ping-1'ong tournament. An an- 
nual event (Below left). 

Fellowship singing on Sunday 
evening (Below right). 

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Early in 1958, the Board of Education of Edenton 
Street Methodist Church realized the need for a 
new Sunday School Class to include single men and 
women and young married couples. A member of 
the Board approached Frank Anderson, Jr. with the 
idea of helping to organize this class. Frank had 
able assistance from Clyde Erwin, Jr., Pat and 
Frank Culbreth, Joyce and Kelly Summerville, and 
Jane and Carlton Garner. This small group secured 
Dr. Claude Farrell as teacher, but due to previous 
committments, he was unable to take over im- 
mediately; so The Reverend R. L. Nicks of the 
Methodist Home for Children taught for several 
months. At the present time, Mrs. Burnie Batchelor 
and Mr. Jim Garland assist Dr. Farrell as associate 

The class first met in the church parlor, but as 
the membership grew, a room was secured adjacent 
to the church office which has been enlarged recently 
to accommodate the present membership of sixty- 
seven young adults. Members of the class bought 
an air conditioner and draperies to enhance the 
appearance of the new classroom. 

The group has coffee and fellowship upon arrival 
at Sunday School, and then they proceed to improve 
themselves by studying varied lesson topics that 
apply to the individual as well as to the group. 

They contribute monthly to help a needy family 
and have an additional project of distributing "The 
Upper Room" to motels throughout the city. 
Through continued Christian endeavor, the members 
aspire to attain the character of Francis Asbury 
for whom the class is named. 





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May, 1!»4K. Mrs 
Paschal and Larrj 
the opening of the 
Center, a suggestion 
for m e r Governor 

I.ula Mae 

Brewer at 


made by 


.Mine 'J5, 1044. A group picture show- 
ing service men who spent the night at 
our church's quarters, former Governor 
Melville Broughton, and at far right 
end our present teacher, John Harris 
and daughter Emmalee. 

Lounge Room. This room has 
mportant part in class history. 

placed an 



In order to fill a need for those leaving the Young People's Department, the 
young adult class was organized in June, 1937. This was the first such class 
in Edenton Street Church. Soon outgrowing the small room in the Poindexter 
Memorial Building, they moved to the basement under the Church Sanctuary. The class furnished a lounge area 
adjoining the classroom, where the members could meet to become better acquainted and to fellowship together. 
This has been a feature maintained by this class in all of its locations, and it has contributed largely to the infor- 
mality and friendliness which is characteristic of this group. 

During the war a mimeographed newsletter was mailed regularly to those members serving in the armed forces. 
Soon after the war the name of the class was changed to The Cokesbury Bible Class. 

The membership, as of October 1, 1960, was 131 with approximately 20 additional, who serve as teachers in other 
Church School departments, on an inactive roll. 

The officers and members, who have contributed to the success of the class, are too numerous to name; how- 
ever, those who have served as teachers of this group and to whom the Cokesbury Class will always be grateful 
are Mrs. Milton Howell, Messrs. John W. Sexton, Gilbert Swindell, Edwin C. Gill, and John H. Harris, the present 



The Hugh Isley class, originally named the Aldersgate Class, was organized in November, 1947, with 
Mr. Hugh G. Isley as teacher, Mr. Fred Noble as class advisor, and Tom Willis as the first class president. 
The class wa? organized for young adults and today consists of 149 members. 

Many members have assumed positions of leadership and service throughout the Sunday School and 
Church. By unselfishly providing these teachers and leaders, the class feels that it has not only done a 
Christian service, but has grown in strength and spirit. A major class project is sponsorship of the Boy 
Scout Explorer Post. 

Wishing to honor its beloved teacher, Mr. Isley, for his many years of faithful and diligent service, the 
class unanimously voted in 1955 to change its name to the Hugh Isley Class. 

Much fellowship is enjoyed by the class, and the atmosphere of true Christian friendliness prevails 
each Sunday morning in the attractive classroom which replaced the earlier room destroyed in the 
church fire. The semi-annual socials of the class usually include the members' children and provide a high 
spot in the yearly program. 

In November, 1960, Hugh Isley and Fred Noble began their fourteenth year as teacher and advisor, 
respectively, and have provided the class with countless hours of Christian teaching and leadership. 
Class officers for 1960-61 are: C. R. Farinholt, President; Don Harley, Vice-President; Mrs. I. L. Bigham, 
Secretary; Zack Taylor, Treasurer; and Mrs. Charles Morehead, Pianist. 

Hugh Isley, Teacher 

Class Social 

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Motto: "Service for Others" 

A couples' class, organized October 28, 1929, 
as a Young Matrons' class. Name changed a 
month later to Fidelis — meaning "faithful". In 
January, 1930, husbands of members were in- 
vited to join thus making it a class for couples. 
Original minutes are on file. 

OFFICERS 1960-61 

President Mrs. John W. Crawford 

Vice-Presidents Mr. Earl Franklin 

Mr. J. P. Hollis 

Secretary Mrs. W. E. Shinn 

Treasurer Mrs. Ellis Lundy 

Teacher Mr. Blaine M. Madison 

Assistants Mr. Cale K. Burgess 

Rev. Robert L. Nicks 
Mrs. L. A. Peacock 

One of many projects — a water cooler being pre- 
sented to Methodist Home for Boys and Girls. 

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Mrs. W. W. Peele (Betsy) 
Wife of Bishop Peele 


First organized as the Business Girls' Class with a membership 
of twelve or fifteen, the class had increased to about eighty by 1923. 
In September of that year the name was changed to Betsy Peele 
Bible Class in honor of their teacher, Mrs. Peele. With a member- 
ship today of 203, it is divided into twelve sections to maintain a 
close fellowship within the class. This class through the years has 
had an active interest in both local and foreign missions. 

The Betsy Peele Class meets on the first Tuesday night of every 
other month (six times a year) for a business meeting and dinner. 
The meeting at Christmas is a very special one at which blessings 
are shared in a love gift of money to one of our missionary families, 
as well as a gift to local missions. 

The Class that Bought the Buffalo 

In 1944, $60.00 was sent to the Board of Missions for 
the purchase of a buffalo to furnish milk for children 
at Ingraham Institute in India. In 1946. $60.00 was sent 
to a Methodist school for children in Jodpur, India for 
a tuition fund and toward the purchase of a movie 


1930-1953 Little Sister — girl from Methodist 

Home for Children. 
1954 Girl Scouts— Still active. 

1945 Crusade for Christ. 

1953 Equipment for study at Methodist 

Playground equipment for School 
for the Blind. 

1954 Room furnishings at Y. W. C. A. 
Member in $10.00 Club. 

1956 Scholarship to High Point College. 

1956-1958 Gift to Church — Main door and two 

windows in steeple — $1,500.00. 
1960 Special gift to Missions. 

Special gifts to Missionary families 

each year at Christmas. 

Present Teachers: .Mrs. A. C. Jones; Mrs. Howard Powell, Assistant; Mrs. I). S. Coltrane, Assistant; 
Miss Elizabeth Whisner, Assistant. 1960-61 President: Mrs. O. F. McCrarv. 

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The Alma Wynne Edgerton Bible Class was organized in 1918 or 1919, and was the first adult class for 
women in Edenton Street Methodist Church. 

Mrs. N. E. Edgerton, nee Alma Wynne, saw the need for a class for young mothers who brought their 
small children to the Primary Department. There was no class for them to attend, so they would stand 
around the room until class was over. Mrs. Edgerton organized this class for these young mothers. 

It was first called "The Mother's Class". There were thirty-five members in the beginning; later it grew 
to ninety. There are now seventy members on roll; some of them are inactive, so they are considered in 
the Home Department of this class. Many of the "Young Mothers" are now grandmothers and still active. 

One of the members, Mrs. Ella Hester, has had twenty-six years of perfect attendance. If she is 
out of the city she attends wherever she is and brings a card from that class confirming this. This is a 
record rarely equaled. 

Mrs. J. C. Wooten was the first teacher, Mrs. N. E. Edgerton the first president, and Mrs. P. E. Furr 
the first secretary. Mrs. Furr is still active. Other teachers during the forty-one years have been Mrs. M. T. 
Plyler, Mrs. U. B. Blalock, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. F. S. Love, the only male teacher, Mr. C. Hillman Moody, 
Mrs. Gurney P. Hood, and at present Mrs. Earl Brian and Mrs. Forrest Hedden. Mrs. Edgerton who 
was the guiding spirit and beloved leader served as president until her death. Other presidents were 
Mrs. B. Trov Ferguson, Mrs. J. S. Bloodworth, Mrs. A. Wray White, Mrs. H. C. Debnam, Mrs. Joseph 
Carpenteri, Mrs. A. W. Hoffman, Mrs. T. M. Phillips, Mrs. Albert Doub and at present Mrs. Arthur 

This class has always been vitally interested in missions, home and foreign, and the fourth Sunday of 
every month includes a discussion on missions. 

The main project of the class for several years 
has been collecting clothes for the Women's 
Prison. Mrs. T. M. Phillips and Mrs. E. F. Bar- 
bour have charge of this work. The articles col- 
lected are carried to the prison every few months. 
This project is meeting a great need. 


President Mrs. Arthur Polier 

Vice-President Mrs. A. W. Hoffman 

Secretary Mrs. W. D. Lee 

Assistant Secretary.. Mrs. Myrtle Banks 

Treasurer Mrs. Cader Rhodes 

Assistant Treas Mrs. H. E. Holland 


When The Reverend W. C. Norman was serving his second pastorate at Edenton Street Methodist Church, just 
before the new century began, an older men's Sunday School Class known as the "Bible Class" or the "Norman 
Class" was formed and taught by Mr. Norman. This first men's class was not the forerunner of the present 
Men's Bible Class, however. 

In 1904, organized Sunday School classes began to take hold. On July 3, 1904, the "Norman Class" organized 
officially and adopted its name as a tribute to the memory of the late Reverend Norman. At that time the only 
other organized class was one of young men from A & M College, taught by Josephus Daniels. 

On April 23, 1905, IS young men formed a class with Professor H. H. Hume as Teacher. This was the ori- 
gin of the present Men's Bible Class. There was some discussion about using the name "Barracca". but because 
there was an objection to it. the name "Helon" was chosen. In the Greek, the name "signified strength and the 
proper sentiment for a class of young men". About a year later Professor Hume moved to Florida. T. B. Eld- 
ridge who had taught the Norman Class before moving from Raleigh, returned, and was elected teacher. At that 
time, the old objection to the name "Barracca" had "abated", according to the record, and on October 14, 1906. 
the Helon Class" voted to change its name to The Barracca Class. Nearly three years later, on April 9, 1909, T. 
B. Eldridge resigned. Professor J. A. Bivens was elected Teacher with Prof. H. E. Satterfield as Assistant. 

Somewhere around April 2S, 1912, when the "new" Sunday School building was put to use. Prof. Satterfield 
replaced Prof. Bivens as Teacher of The Barracca Class. Records show that he was still teaching the class in 
1914. The crisis of World War I probably disrupted membership and record-keeping because from 1914 until 
1933, when Robert Ruark was Teacher, the class records have not been located. During this period the class 
name was changed from "Barracca" to "The Men's Bible Class," and the Norman Class which had been reduced 
to about six elderly men. dropped out of existence. 

In 1946 a new Constitution and By-Laws were adopted and the "Purpose" of The Men's Bible Class was de- 
clared to be: 

"To promote the program of Christian education of the Methodist Church through ( 1 ) its regularly week- 
ly meeting for the study of God's work; (2 1 financial support of the Church School; (3) the work of its 
various committees." 

How well these purposes have been practiced forms the history of The Men's Bible Class. 

It would be impossible to relate even the names of the distinguished leaders of The Men's Bible Class. Fur- 
ther, it would be futile to attempt to list the unselfish acts which have been carried out by class members. Nor 
would the members, themselves, expect to be noted for their efforts. The men of the Bible Class throughout its 
56-year history, have been men of consequence and distinction in their business and professions, in our com- 
munity, state and nation. The responsibilities they assumed in The Men's Bible Class were not needed to lend 
luster to their names or careers. They gave their special talents as dedicated tithes from busy lives to further the 
class purposes and to revitalize their own relationships with God and their fellow men. 

If The Men's Bible Class at Edenton Street Methodist Church has a claim to distinction, it is not in its lead- 
ers or accomplishments. The merit of the class lies simply in being a regular gathering place where men 
reach, each in his own manner, to touch the hem of Christ's garment. The virtue that flows into a man at this 
touching may bring quiet serenity to a troubled mind; lift a heart to meet the challenge of a trying week; in- 
spire an unselfish outreaching; spark a courageous defiance of evil. Whatever happens to a man at this reach- 
ing is his own business — and God's. The Men's Bible Class merely offers this community the place and oppor- 
tunity for men to stretch out their hands together. 

The record of this reaching together has made the history of The Men's Bible Class not something to be 
wrftten, but something that is lived in as wide a variety of dedicated services as there are men and minds and 
talents and needs. For this reason the men of The Bible Class invite others to join them in the rewarding ex- 
perience of reaching for the hem of His garment. 

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Troop 10, Boy Scouts of America is sponsored by the 
Men's Bible Class of Edenton Street Methodist Church. 
This is the oldest continuously active troop in the city of 
Kaleigh, having been first chartered on November 19, 
1923, and has been operating since that time. 

The scout room is located in the basement of the sanc- 
tuary and is spacious and well equipped. The troop meets 
each Monday night for instruction, training, and recrea- 
tion. The majority of the present members of the scout 
troop are in the higher ranks of scouting and several 
expect to receive the Eagle Award by the end of the year. 
This year four boys received the God and Country Award 
which is given by the Church. 

Under the very capable leadership of Scoutmaster 
Frank Mansfield, who was selected as the oustanding 
scoutmaster of the Occoneechee Council last year, and 
other excellent scoutmasters of the past, many of the 
members of the church and other churches have received 
valuable training as boy scouts. Many honors have come 
to the troop both as a troop and to individual scouts. In 
1955, Ross Moore, an eagle scout in the troop, was selec- 
ted to make the annual report on scouting to the Presi- 
dent of the United States. Charles Riddle, another out- 
standing eagle scout, has recently entered into the scout 
leadership field as a professional scouter thus making 
scouting both his vocation and advocation. During the 
life of the troop thirty-four boys have reached eagle, 
the highest rank in scouting. 

Scoutmaster Frank Mansfield, surrounded by helping 
Scouts, erects sign at Scout-arama. (They won first 

Above: Award night in Troop 10. Below: An Explorers' Outing. 


Post 10 was formed in 1954 with the Hugh Isley Class as the sponsor. The exploring program 
is designed and directed by the Boy Scouts of America for boys 14 to 18 years of age. The pro- 
gram is built around activities in Service, Outdoors, Social Affairs, Vocational Programs, Per- 
sonal Fitness and Citizenship, all designed to build character, responsibility, and leadership into 
the lives of the boys. 

The boys presently active in the Post include Herbert Cobb, Brian Davis, Ernie Wiggins, Charles 
Wright, Jr., Ben Wilder, Gray Baldwin, Tommy Smith, Joe Strickland, Jerry Murchison, Kelly 
Fleming, Gordon Carson and Dale Hunsicher. 

The Post is directed by Charles Wright, Sr., Post Adviser, and Tom Willis, Assistant Post Ad- 
viser. The Post Committee members include Charles D. Williams, Chairman, Herbert Cobb, Tom 
Stanley, Leroy Bigham and Ernest Pearce. 

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The Woman's Society of Christian Service was formed in 1940 with unification of the three 
branches of Methodism. This year, 1961, there are four hundred forty members, distributed among 
seventeen circles which meet in the homes of members on the first Monday of the month. The 
General Meeting held at the church each third Monday opens with Spiritual Life Service, followed 
by the program, business session, and luncheon. 

The budget is $6,700.00. It includes a pledge to Missions of $4,100.00; the support of a mis- 
sionary, Sudie Hunt Doughton, in Chile; and a $500.00 scholarship for a student of the Metho- 
dist Home for Children. In addition to the budget, members contribute annually to Week of 
Prayer Projects approximately $267.00, to My World Bank $273.00, and for Life Memberships 
$545.00. The finances are derived from individual pledges, since money-raising projects are not 

The Program and Devotional Booklets, plus "The Methodist Woman" and "The World Outlook" 
are used for program material. Three Mission studies a year are conducted on subjects chosen by 
the Woman's Division. 

Local Community service includes help for the needy and supplying personnel for work with 
retarded children of the public schools. 

Below: WSCS in front of Church School Building. 

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Above: Sacrificial meal during (,Jiiiet Day Service, October 2(i, I960, in observance of Week of Praye 

Sudie Hunt Doughton, (right), is a special term 
missionary of the Woman's Division of the Metho- 
dist Church. She is serving at the Sweet Memorial 
Methodist Institute in Santiago, Chile. A native 
Tar Heel, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. 
Doughton, reside at 2313 Wilson Street in Durham. 

Miss Doughton's work in the foreign mission 
field is supported by the WSCS of Edenton Street 
Methodist Church, which contributes $2,100 per 
year and by the WSCS of the Durham District, 
which contributes $900 per year. 

Sudie Hunt Doughton 

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The purpose of the Wesleyan Service Guild is to provide a channel through which employed 
women can achieve spiritual enrichment and Christian fellowship and take an active part in 
developing a world Christian community. 

The Wesleyan Service Guild of Edenton Street Methodist Church was organized in 1940 upon 
the union of the Northern and Southern divisions of the Methodist church. There ai*e now seven 
circles in the Guild with a membership of 191. One of the circles, The Mary Pescud circle, is the 
oldest organization in Edenton Street Methodist Church. It was organized on November 6, 1892, 
as the Mary Pescud Missionary Society with Miss Mary Pescud as its first president, and in 
1940, it became the Mary Pescud Circle of the WSG. Miss Pescud was a missionary to South 
America ; and another charter member of the circle, Miss Frances Burkhead, was a missionary 
to China. 

The Guild supports Foreign and Home Missions with major emphasis on Foreign Missions. 

The Guild initiated some years ago, and continues to sponsor, a sacrificial breakfast on Good 
Friday. The offering received at this service is used for some special cause. 

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The Methodist Men's organization was begun in the mid-nineteen forties. Dr. A. J. Hobbs was 
the Pastor at that time. The purpose of this organization is to enable the men of the church to 
become better acquainted and to allow them to enjoy fellowship as they gain knowledge. The ob- 
jectives of the organization for 1960-61 are: 

"Methodist Men should serve the men of Edenton Street Methodist Church. We want to grow 

in number, in knowledge of Methodism, in knowledge of Edenton Street Methodist Church, to 

know each other better, and to grow in knowledge of God. 

"Methodist Men's Fellowship should lead in demonstrating appreciation and support of the 

Chancel Choir. 

"Methodist Men should encourage attendance at the Sunday evening worship services." 

For the past several years the group has met on the second Monday night of each month. There 
is an informal gathering from 5 :30 until 6 :30 p.m. Light refreshments are served while the 
men assemble. Dinner is prepared by the ladies of one of the circles of the Woman's Society of 
Christian Service. Several boys from The Methodist Home for Children are always invited as 

Programs of an informative nature are usually presented. The December, 1960, program was 
"Choir Appreciation Night." Members of the Chancel Choir were special guests for dinner and 
thrilled the group with several beautiful Christmas selections. The Choir was conducted by Mr. 
Bedle and accompanied by Mrs. Miller. Each member of the Chancel Choir received a gift from 
the Methodist Men's Fellowship. 

Methodist Men stress Sunday evening worship service attendance. They contribute to the 
service by singing in the Crusader Chorus one Sunday night a month during the year. 

The current officers are: 

Richard S. Hunter; First Vice-President (Program Chairman), John Hornbuc- 
(Membership Chairman), Parrott M. Hardy; Third Vice-President 
F. Kent Burns; Secretary, Dr. Lloyd B. Stanley; Treasurer, W. T. 

President, Dr. 
kle ; Second Vice-President 
(Arrangements Chairman) , 

Arthur; and Chaplain, The Reverend Robert L. Nicks 

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Dr. Powell accepts books in honor of The Reverend Vernon 
sented by Miss Mary Gardner's Junior class. 

Pyson, Mr. Bedle and himself. These were pre- 

When Miss Ann W. Woodall was Director of Religious Education, she, Dr. J. E. Hillman and Mrs. C. 
D. Douglas were among the people who first acted on the idea of establishing a library whose primary 
purpose would be to serve as a resource center for the Edenton Street Methodist Church and Church 
School. From the nucleus of books organized by these pioneers, Mr. Richard Lewis, later Director of 
Religious Education, and Miss Clyde Smith, librarian at the Olivia Raney Library, enlarged the collec- 
tion and set up the library as a functioning part of the Church. 

When the new Sanctuary and annex were built in 1957, it was decided to set aside a room for the 
library directly adjoining the office of the Director of Religious Education. The Library is called, "The 
W. A. Stanbury Memorial Library' in memory of a former Pastor. The furnishings of the room were 
given by Mrs. Earl W. Brian and the late Dr. Brian. Mrs. Brian served as secretary and pastoral assis- 
tant to Dr. Stanbury from 1923 to 1929. There are now 815 volumes on our shelves in addition to periodi- 
cals, film strips, slides and records. During the past year memorial gifts totaling approximately $500 have 
enabled us to add substantially to the usefulness of this comparatively new and fast growing part of our 

The library is staffed by volunteer workers under the direction of Mrs. Lucian Peacock, Librarian. 

Mrs. Frank Wilson uses library materials in preparing to teach her class 

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Farewell to the Lester Griffith family, mission- 
aries to Xorth Africa. 

■T. Warren Smith. Choir Director Bud Beiile 
Charge Lav Leader. applauds a praiseworthy per- 


Mary Gardner. Superintendent of the Children's Preparing Sunday Night Supper for the Methodist 

Division, and Don Dunham. Superintendent of the Youth Fellowship. 
Youth Division of the Church School, confer on edu- 
cational matters. 

10:30 Sunday Morning. A posed picture taken in the courtyard at 
the conclusion of Sunday School. 

>Dss Corinna Sanders and 
Mrs. H. O. Lineherger prepare 
mid-morning snacks for Yaca- 
tion Church School. 

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It is the privilege of our church to support with its funds, its prayers and its loving concern 
the work of these two families in foreign mission service. As our representatives they are bring- 
ing the message and the benefits of Christianity to peoples of faraway lands. 

The Lester E. Griffith, Jr. family, serving in Tunisia. Left to right are Forrest. Valerie, Janice, Lester and Eric. Lester 
Griffith is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Vanderbilt School of Religion ana aid 
graduate work at Yale. After serving as pastor of several rural churches in Tennessee, he was designated a missionary to 
strife-torn Algeria and assigned to Edenton Street Church for support. He was director of the mission at Fort National in 
eastern Algeria, and was active in the "each one teach one" program to combat illiteracy. The smouldering warfare in North 
Africa surrounded his activities, and at one time he was a captive of the Algerian rebels. After a one year furlough in the 
United States, he and his family returned to Africa, and he is now in charge of a mission school in Tunisia. 

The Clyde Tucker family, serving in Chile. Lett to rignt are Theresa, John. Yvonne, Michael, Clyde, and Thomas. Clyde 
Tucker studied at Duke University, and has served as a pastor in Virginia. He is married to the former Yvonne Herndon of 
Durham. Their assignment in Chile takes them to Nueva Imperial in the South Central part of the country. Their charge is on 
the edge of Araucanian Indian territory, a tribe not yet completely civilized or conquered. Their work is principally with 
education, medical relief and hygiene. They were most active in the disastrous earthquakes in Chile in 1960. 

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The Reverend Lester E. Griffith, Jr., one of our mis- 
sionaries, was serving in Algeria in the summer of 
1958. On all sides he saw manifestations of the emotions 
and divisions brought about by the struggle for 
Algerian independence from France. This is a complex 
question, and one which is far from solved today, 
nearly three years later. In August, 1958, Lester Grif- 
fith was making a journey away from his assigned 
post when he was taken prisoner by members of the 
"National Liberation Army," the soldiers of the Alger- 
ian rebels, who initially believed that he was an enemy 
to their cause. For weeks, his whereabouts were un- 
known ; and his family, his friends, and his church had 
no knowledge of his fate. When the rebel soldiers be- 
came convinced that he was a religious worker and not 
a political one, they eventually set him free. Mr. Grif- 
fith in a letter to the Pastor of this church has given 
the following redemptive interpretation of his ex- 
perience as a prisoner: 


was on my way out to freedom from my captivity among the Algerian rebels when the 
answer to one of the strongest questions I had in those days became crystal clear. 

I was with a patrol of four soldiers, three of whom had gone ahead to scout the way. The 
fourth, an eighteen year old boy, unmindful of danger, led me steadily forward. My thoughts 
gradually centered on this young soldier. I thought to myself, "Just what is it that makes this 
illiterate boy walk silently on with no knowledge of whom he is leading or why? He knows the 
danger, for many have already met death on these same paths." 

Then I knew I had the answer. He was led on by an idea. To himself he was saying and be- 
lieving, "Our independence is coming, and I am ready to die for it." An unknown leader out there 
somewhere was giving the orders, and he was obeying without question or hesitation. He knew 
what he was living for and what he was willing to die for. 

Then a new thought came to me. Our battle of life is on different terms, but the parable is 
there. To die is not the worst by far that can happen to us ; that gradual death of the soul as we 
back away from right principles into the slavery of an uninspired, selfish, and undisciplined life 
is immeasurably worse. 

We are called to citizenship in the highest community of all, the Kingdom of God. We have a 
known leader for all Eternity, Jesus Christ. Will our ardor in our cause and our trust in our Lead- 
er match that of my youthful guide? 

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One Hundred and Fifty Years 



"Unshaken as eternal hills 
Inviolable she stands. 
A mountain that shall fill the earth, 
A house not made with hands." 

1811 , /% AX 1961 


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< %!» ' Schedule of Events r 





Sunday Morning Bishop Paul N. Garber of the Richmond Area 

February 2 6, 19 61 

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, /. Sunday Morning The Reverend Graham S. Eubank, District Super- a b „o 

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-^ Sunday Morning Dr. Eugene C. Few, District Superintendent ^ V 

,£' ^ <S> March 19, 1961 Gastonia District, and Former Paster, Edenton <jN 

,-P, 0, Street Methodist Church ^> N 

O Sunday Morning Dr. A. J. Hobbs. District Superintendent, New 

April 9. 1961 Bern District, and Former Pastor, Edenton Street oo — ■" 

•o <"> o iv Methodist Church 

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O " w Sunday Morning Bishop Paul Hardin, Jr., of the South Carolina g — 

""" = - co io April '■',(), 1961 Conference, Columbia. South Carolina 

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>- " Special Sesquicentennial Choir Service directed by — *>. 

QSj^S^rN^ Robert T. Bedle .,_ - — 

^ 2<N °'- <Nn Tuesday Night Dr. Ralph W, Sockman, Minister, Christ Church 

Z? ,io(ni> May 2, 1961 Methodist, New York City 


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Special Choir Service by the Duke University 
Chancel Singers, Director: Professor Paul Young 

Wednesday Night Dr. Charles Ray Goff, Minister, First Methodist 

Mav 3, 1961 Church. Chicago, Illinois 

yj^ji Special Choir Service by the High Point College c ' J- 

/V» Concert Choir, Director: J. Frvhover \? > 

yS* . Thursday Night Dr. James T. Cleland, Dean, Duke University X 

\ Mav 4. 1961 Chapel, Durham, North Carolina \? % 

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\0 N ^«. Special Choir Service by the Pheiffer College ^' v ,■>* 

V Concert Choir and Male Chorus, Director: William "' ^ * 

Thomas ^^ 

\*f> Sunday Morning Dr. Robert E. Goodrich. Jr., Minister, First Meth- > v £ 

j- <~L. Mav 7. 19 61 odist Church, Dallas Texas „ \ 

A ^ <0 ' .* n" a 

>'j0 cr V<i Special Sesquicentennial Choir Service directed by \n x ^ 

* j<? , Robert T. Bedle , >?>♦, 

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Bishop Paul Neff Garber, of the 
Richmond Area 


ishop Paul Neff Garber was born at New Market, Virginia, 
July 27, 1899. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from 
Bridgewater College in 1919; Master of Arts, University of Penn- 
sylvania in 1921; and Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1923. He also studied at Crozer Theological Seminary and 
has received honorary degrees from five colleges and universities. 
Bishop Garber has been a member of the faculty of the University 
of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Duke University, where 
he was Dean of the Divinity School. 

In 1926 the Western North Carolina Conference welcomed Dr. 
Garber to its membership. In 1944 he was elected Bishop of the 
Methodist Church. He served as Bishop of the Geneva Area and had 
supervision of the Methodist Conference in North Africa, Spain, 
Switzerland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Hungary, 
Austria, Bulgaria, and the Madeira Islands. Since 1952 Bishop Gar- 
ber has been in charge of the Richmond Area which comprises the 
Virginia and North Carolina Conferences. 


he first Methodist Church in the world was the Foundry Church in London, England. John Wesley was 
the first pastor and under his leadership the Foundry Congregation adopted certain practices which can be con- 
sidered the landmarks of world Methodism. 

There were nine landmarks in this mother church of Methodism; first, vital religion was stressed: second, 
the church had a sane theology; third, it was a witnessing church; fourth, it was a democratic church; f'fth, 
the Foundry was a place where laymen and laywomen played a vital part: sixth, the congregation believed in 
home and foreign missions: seventh, the members of the Foundry felt that they had an obligation to care for the 
poor and the needy; eighth, an educational program was stressed; and ninth, the Foundry was a growing and 
evangelistic church. These nine characteristics were the landmarks of early Methodism. 

I am so happy that on the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Edenton Street Methodist Church. Ra- 
leigh, it can truly be said that this congregation in 1961, in a modern era, is still in historic succession with 
the Foundry, the mother church of Methodism. Edenton Street Methodist Church has never removed the an- 
cient landmarks which our fathers have set. 

First, vital religion is stressed in our Edenton Street Methodist Church. Our pastors have always emphasized 
the historic theme of Methodism such as salvation by faith, the witness of the spirit, the doctrine of as- 
surance and the holiness of life. Hearts were warmed at the Foundry in 1739 and hearts are also warmed at 
Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1961. 

Second, the sane theology of pioneer Methodism still characterizes Edenton Street Methodist Church. "Is 
thy heart right? Dost thou love and serve God?" are still the theological tests of membership. 

Third, our Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1961 is known as a witnessing church. Just as the Foundry, 
our members testify to their faith by doing no harm, by avoiding evil of all kinds, by doing good to all people, 
and by attending upon the ordinances of God. 

Fourth, a democratic spirit is found in 1961 in Edenton Street Methodist Church. It is not a class church 
but instead people of all social and economic strata are welcomed in this congregation. 

Fifth, laymen and laywomen in 19 61 play a vital part in Edenton Street Methodist Church. They are in 
historic succession with those pioneer members of the Foundry who supported John Wesley in laying the 
foundations of world Methodism. 

Sixth, Edenton Street Methodist Church, like the Foundry, has always led in the missionary movement. It 
is with justifiable pride that we remember that it was a pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church. Brother 
Melville B. Cox. who became the first American Methodist to go as a foreign missionary and who died in Liberia 
as our first martyr of Methodist missions. 

Seventh, the humanitarian spirit of Edenton Street Methodist Church is shown in 1961 by the manner, for 
example, in which the congregation supports the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh and the Methodist 
Retirement Home in Durham. Edenton Street members have always given generously to help the poor and 
the needy and assist sick people through the Golden Cross Society. 

Eighth, as at the Foundry, Edenton Street Methodist Church through an excellent church school program 
in the Poindexter Educational Building, stresses the union of piety and learning. The support by Edenton Street 
Methodist Church of our Methodist colleges and Wesley Foundations shows concern for the Christian educa- 
tion of young people who might be denied a college education without the support of this congregation. 

Ninth, and of greatest importance, because of its passion for souls, Edenton Street Methodist Church in 
1961 is truly in historic succession with early Methodism. As a result, although now a down-town church, 
Edenton Street Methodist Church continues to grow, and this is because of the evangelistic zeal of the pastors 
and members. 

As your Bishop, your colleague and friend, I thank our Heavenly Father for the many contributions made 
by Edenton Street Methodist Church toward the saving of souls and the betterment of mankind during the 
past one hundred and fifty years. I am grateful that in 1961 Edenton Street Methodist Church is truly in his- 
toric succession with the Foundry, the mother church of Methodism. My prayer is that Edenton Street Methodist 
Church in the years ahead may always continue this program and ever remain loyal to the historic landmarks 

of earlv Methodism. „ . ,, 

Fraternally yours. 

Paul Neff Garber 

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Pastor, Christ Church, Methodist, 

New York City 

Dr. Ralph W. Sockman was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and graduated 
from Wesleyan University. From Columbia University he received 
l>oth his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Having 
completed training at Union Theological Seminary, he joined the staff 
of the Madison Avenue Methodist Church, now Christ Church, Metho- 
dist. In 1917 he came into the full pastorate where he has served over 
forty years. 

Since 1928, he has been the speaker on the National Pulpit, the 
oldest leading Protestant broadcast in the world. He is president of 
the Church Peace union, a Carnegie Foundation, and the Board of 
World Peace of the Methodist Church. He is also Chaplain of New 
York University. Among his books are The Higher Happiness, How to 
Relieve, The Whole .Armor of God and Man's First Love. 

Dr. Sockman holds honorary degrees from twenty-one schools. Twice 
he has refused the position of bishop. In a poll conducted by Christian 
Century he was named one of the six most outstanding clergymen of 
all denominations in the world today. 

Dr. Robert E. Goodrich, Jr., a Texan, after attending schools in his 
home state and Louisiana, was graduated from Centenary Academy. 
Through his junior year, he attended Centenary College, and after a 
three-year venture into radio, returned to college to prepare for the 
ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham- 
Southern University. Subsequently he studied for three years in the 
Theological School of Southern Methodist University. Centenary Col- 
lege conferred upon him an honorary doctorate. 

Dr. Goodrich has served as pastor in the churches of Port Arthur, 
Houston, El Paso, and Dallas. Through radio he has reached millions. 
He was the producer of the first professional Methodist radio program 
and for two years was the preacher on the Methodist series of the 
Protestant Hour. His filmed program. The Pastor Calls, is now televised 
under the auspices of the National Council of Churches. 

Among the books written by Dr. Goodrich are What's It All About? 
and Reach for the Sky. 


Dean of the Chapel, 

Duke University, 

Durham, North Carolina 


Pastor, First Methodist Church, 

Dallas, Texas 

Dr. .lames T. Cleland, Dean of the Chapel and James B. Duke Pro- 
fessor of Teaching at Duke University, was born in Glasgow, Scotland. 
After graduation from Hillhead High School in that city, he received 
his Master of Arts degree from Glasgow University. Coming to Ameri- 
ca, he earned distinction with work at Union Theological Seminary in 
New York City. In 1951 Davidson College bestowed upon him an hon- 
orary Doctor of Divinity Degree. 

Dr. Cleland has been affiliated with the instructional departments 
of the following schools: Amherst College, Massachusetts; Glasgow 
University, Divinity Hall, Scotland; Union Theological Seminary, New 
York City; Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California; and Duke 
University. His lectureships include the Frederic Rogers Kellog Lec- 
tures, Episcopa: Theological School, Cambridge, Massachuetts; The 
Hoyt Lectures of Auburn Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, New 
York: The Peyton Lectures, Southern Methodist University, Texas; and 
the Zimmerman Lectures, Luthern Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 

Dr. Cleland's writings have been published in Rest Sermons, The 
Interpreter's Bible, The True and Lively Word and Occasional Sermons. 

Page 8 2 


A native of Chester, South Carolina, Bishop Paul Hardin, Jr., 
attended school in that city and then was graduated from Wof- 
ford College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from Candler 
School of Theology, Emory University, with a Bachelor of 
Divinity Degree. Later the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Divinity was conferred upon him by Wofford and by Birming- 
ham Southern College. 

Bishop Hardin joined the Western North Carolina Confer- 
ence in the fall of 1927, and served numerous pastorates, in- 
cluding Central Church, Shelby, and Wesley Memorial Church, 
High Point. In 1949 he became the minister of the First Meth- 
odist Church of Birmingham, Alabama, where he served eleven 

In 1960 Bishop Hardin was one of five men elected on the 
first ballot by the North Alabama Conference as delegates to 
the General and Jurisdictional Conference. At the Jurisdiction- 
al Conference at Lake Junaluska in July of that year he was 
one of the four men elected to the episcopacy, after which he 
was assigned to the new Columbia Area. 


Bishop, Columbia Area, 

South Carolina 

The Reverend Graham S. Eubank was born and reared in 
Maysville, North Carolina. He was educated in the public- 
schools of Maysville, Wofford College, Spartenburg, South 
Carolina, and the Divinity School of Duke University. 

Since serving as student pastor for City Road, White Mem- 
orial Charge, Henderson, North Carolina, he has held pastor- 
ates at Pinetops, Aurora, Red Springs, Fairmont Church in 
Raleigh, and Hay Street Church in Fayetteville. During World 
War II he served as chaplain in the Army Air Force. He has 
had other honors and responsibilities including trustee for 
Greensboro College, member of the Committee on Annual Con- 
ference Boundaries, the Southeastern Jurisdiction, the Meth- 
odist Church, and delegate to the General Jurisdictional Con- 
ference, the Methodist Church. 


District Superintendent, 
Raleigh District, North Carolina 

Dr. Charles Ray Goff, a native of Iowa, is the pastor of the 
famed Chicago Temple, the oldest church in Chicago. He was 
educated at Northwestern University, where he was honored 
with an Alumni Merit Award, and at Garrett Biblical Institute, 
where the degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon 
him. He was later affiliated with both of the above schools. 

Before coming to the Chicago Temple, Dr. Goff served 
churches in Oak Park and Rockford, Illinois. 

He is a leader in civic and ecclesiastical affairs and is much 
sought after as a lecturer, having spoken for interdenomina- 
tional conferences and conventions in almost every state in 
the union. He is the author of A Better Hope. Anyone for 
Calvary?; Invitation to Commune; and Chapel in the Sky. Dr. 
Goff is the preacher for a network program called Methodist 
Men's Hour currentlv carried over four hundred radio stations. 


Pastor, Chicago Temple, 

Chicago. Illinois 

Page S3 


The messages printed below are excerpts from letters received at the church from all of the 
living past pastors. 

l>r. Frank S. L.ove 

Dr. Eugene C. Few 

Greetings and congratulations to a great 
church in a high hour. You can recall your his- 
tory with pride and look to the future with con- 
fidence. When we hear the story of 150 years — a 
thrilling history of missionary endeavor and 
evangelism — and recall the disasters of fire and 
storm and the measure of your faith and courage 
as you turn to rebuild, one can but thank God for 
this great church with its ever-increasing aware- 
ness of its place in service to the world and to 
all mankind. 

In our retirement we recall the days of associa- 
tion with you with joy and thanksgiving. 

F. S. Love 

Surely, the rich heritage bequeathed us 
by the original founders of Edenton Street 
Methodist Church and by others who have 
followed them in uncompromising devotion 
to their church and Lord, are sufficient to 
cause us with becoming humility and deter- 
mination to dedicate ourselves as never be- 
fore to sustained loyalty to the church and 
to Christ Jesus, our Redeemer, the Eternal 
Rock, upon which the Christian Church is 

Yours in gratitude to Edenton Street 
Methodist Church and to our God. 

Eugene C. Few 

Many of God's most noble spirits, men and 
women of warm hearts and never-failing loyal- 
ties, have made their contribution to maintain in 
the heart of our State one of the great churches 
of all time. As one generation of loyal workers 
has passed, another has risen to maintain the 
noble ideals and principles which have from de- 
cade to decade kept her on the course that leads 
to Christian victory. For all these great souls, 
both past and present, who have given so gener- 
ously and faithfully of their talent, their prayers, 
their labors, their loyalty, and their means, we 
thank our Heavenly Father. 

I know that thousands upon thousands of 
Christian men and women everywhere will join 
me in fervent prayer that Edenton Street Meth- 
odist Church may continue through all the 
years ahead to show people the way of our Lord, 
and to lead them into and along this blessed way. 

God and His Church are permanent. They 
abide. How many dedicated members have 
been willing to pour their lives into Edenton 
Street Methodist Church — into something 
bigger than themselves — during the past 
One Hundred and Fifty years! Congratula- 
tions to the present Pastors and members 
who count it a privilege to serve a Church 
that will remain a blessing long after they 
have gone. 

John C. Glenn 

John C. Glenn 

Dr. A. 3. Hobbs 

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D. L. Cozart, Jr. 
Hugh G. Dupree 
N. E. Edgerton 
B. Troy Ferguson 
Miss Mary Gardner 
John H. Harris 
Mrs. J. H. Highsmith 
Mrs. A. C. Jones 
Drewry J. Jones 
I. Edward Johnson 

Charles H. Young, Chairman 

Frank R. Anderson, Jr. 

Burnie Batchelor 

Miss Bessie B. Brown 

Miss Bessie T. Brown 

Mrs. Earl W. Brian 

F. Kent Burns 

C. C. Cunningham 

C. A. Dillon, Sr. 

C. A. Dillon, Jr. 

G rover Dillon, Jr. 

Recognizing that an event of such significance as the One Hundred 
and Fiftieth Anniversary of the organizing of Edenton Street Metho- 
dist Church should be appropriately observed, the church had planned a 
commemorative program for many months. More than one year ago the 
above committee was named for the purpose of planning activities which 
would suitably denote the passing of this milestone in the life of the 
church. Charles H. Young, a lifelong active church member, was chosen 
to direct this large project. The committee first met in the Joseph G. 
Brown Chapel on May 10, 1960, and decided upon a program that would 
include outstanding speakers, outstanding music, a commemorative book, 
and messages of lasting value. The various subordinate committee chair- 
men were chosen, who in turn picked their working committees. Thanks 
is expressed to all of these and to the many not named here who have 
contributed some part to making this Sesquicentennial a meaningful ac- 
tivitv in the service of Christ. 




Hugh G. Dupree. Chairman 
Mrs. James M. Peden 
Mrs. Drewry Jones 
Thomas Garrhs 

Maurice P. Thiem. 
Frank R. Anderson, Jr. 
F. Kent Burns 

Mrs. Mav S. Mvatt 

R. Fred Noble, Jr. 

Mrs. C. F. Parrish 

Mrs. Mae B. Pemberton 

Charles Ruffin 

Dr. J. Warren Smith 

P. D. Snipes 

Mrs. Lloyd B. Stanley 

Maurice P. Thiem 

Mrs. Virgil H. Williams 

Mrs. A. Wrav White 

Charles H. Young, Chairman, 
Sesquicentennial ( 'ommittee 


. A. Dillon, Jr., Chairman 
David Witherspoon 
Charles Davis 
Mrs. Kern Holoman 
Mrs. Charles Morehead 
Dr. H. Lineberger, Jr. 
Mrs. J. Lyman Melvin 
John Hornbuckle 
Robert T. Bedle 
Mrs. C. A. Dillon. Jr. 

D. L. Cozart, Jr.. Chairman 
Mrs. W. E. Anderson 
Burnie Batchelor 
T. S. Ferree 
Charles H. Herring 
(now deceased i 
Mrs. James M. Peden 
Graham B. Poyner 




Kern Holoman 

Burnie Batchelor 
Miss Natalie Coffe 
Mrs. Avis Knight 

Blaine Madison. 
Dr. C. C. Robinson 
Miss Clyde Smith 

John H. Harris, 

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Thomas Garris* 

Dr. C. B. Wilkerson, 


ffirfcer af IMarshtp 


Sesqutontenntal (Sbscnrances 

April 30, 1961 through May 7, 1961 

Sunday morning. April 30. 1961, 11:00 O'clock 

The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist 

The Chiming Of The Hour 

The Choral Call To Worship 

The Invocation 

The Hymn 279— "God Of Grace And God Of Glory" Rhondda 

The Apostles' Creed 

The Anthem — "Psalm 1 50" Lemandoivski 

The Sesquicentennial Choir. Robert Bedle. Director 

The Responsive Reading 

The Gloria Patri 

The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — Saint Matthew 5:38-48 

The Pastoral Prayer And The Lord's Prayer 

The Hymn Of Christian Fellowship — "Blest Be The Tie That Binds" ( First Stanza | 

The Worship In Tithes And Offerings 

The Offertory — "With A Voice Of Singing" Shaic 

The Dedication Of Tithes And Offerings ..Doxology 

The Sermon— ON DOING MORE THAN OTHERS Bishop Paul Hardin. Jr. 

The Hymn 267— "Rise Up. O Men Of God!" ....Festal Song 

The Benediction And Choral Response 

The Organ Postlude 

TUESDAY EVENING. MAY 2, 1 96 1 . 8:00 O'clock 

The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller, Organist 

The Choral Call To Worship 

The Hymn 279 — "Lead On. O King Eternal" Lancashire 

The Evening Prayer 

The Duke University Chancel Singers Paul Young. Director 

The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures 

The Duke University Chancel Singers Paul Young, Director 

The Sermon— THE ETERNAT PIONEER Dr. Ralph W. Sockman 

The Hymn 533 — "O God. Our Help In Ages Past" St. Anne 

The Benediction And Choral Response 
The Organ Postlude 

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WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1961. 8:00 O'clock 

The Organ Prelude ..Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist 

The Choral Call To Worship 

The Hymn 50 — "Saviour. Breathe An Evening Blessing" ...Evening Prayer 

The Evening Prayer 

The High Point College Concert Choir J. Fryhover, Director 

The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — James 4:10-16 

The High Point College Concert Choir J. Fryhover. Director 

The Sermon— THIS IS YOUR LIFE Dr. Charles Ray Goff 

Text — "For what is your life? It is even a vapour." — James 4:14 

The Hymn 225 — "Take My Life, And Let It Be" ..Messiah 

The Benediction And Choral Response 
The Organ Postlude 

THURSDAY EVENING. MAY 4. 1961, 8:00 O'clock 

The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller, Organist 

The Choral Call To Worship 

The Hymn 378 — "I Love Thy Kingdom. Lord" St. Thomas 

The Evening Prayer 

The Pfeiffer College Concert Choir and Male Chorus William B. Thomas, Director 

The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — Philippians 3:13-21 

The Pfeiffer College Concert Choir and Male Chorus William B. Thomas. Director 

The Sermon— A COLONY OF HEAVEN Dr. James T. Cleland 

The Hymn 384 — "O Where Are Kings And Empires Now" St. Anne 

The Benediction And Choral Response 
The Organ Postlude 

SUNDAY MORNING. MAY 7. 1961. 1 1 :00 O'clock 

The Organ Prelude. Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist 

The Chiming Of The Hour 
The Choral Call To Worship 
The Invocation 

The Hymn 1 8— "For The Beauty Of The Earth" Dix 

The Apostles' Creed 

The Anthem — "Praise To The Lord".... arr. Christiansen 

The Sesquicentennial Choir. Robert Bedle. Director 
The Responsive Reading 
The Gloria Patri 
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures 

The Hymn Of Christian Fellowship — "Blest Be The Tie That Binds"... (First Stanza ) 

The Worship In Tithes And Offerings 

The Offertory — "Alleluia" Thompson 

The Dedication Of Tithes And Offerings 

The Sermon— FOR SUCH A DAY ..Dr. Robert E. Goodrich, Jr. 

The Hymn 280 — "Onward. Christian Soldiers!"... .St. Gertrude 

The Benediction And Choral Response 
The Organ Postlude 

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To the congregation and friends of this great church the Sesquicentennial Book Committee is pleased to 
present Edenton Street in Methodism. Every step in its preparation was undertaken with prayer that it 
might be worthy of its theme and that it might furnish both the present members and those of genera- 
tions to come with an inspiring documented history of this beloved organization. 

Work on the publication was started in June, 1960. After selecting the type of book that would be 
appropriate, determining the subject matter desired, and studying the organization of the volume, the 
committee accepted bids and awarded the printing contract. Research then began. Many members of the 
church and friends of the congregation gave invaluable aid in supplying history and pictures. The col- 
lection of material for the section on the Church of Today was made possible by the whole-hearted coopera- 
tion of the entire congregation. Former associates, pastors, and the present bishop contributed greetings 
and messages. 

Now with the distribution of the publication, the committee's work is ended. Its members have con- 
sidered it a pleasure, a privilege, and an inspiration to produce the book and fervently hope that it will 

meet with the approval of the membership of the church who entrusted to them the task of publishing 

5 .jf^^Bu^^fefc^k - 


Kern Holoman Co-Chairman 

Blaine Madison Co-Chairman 

Natalie Coffey Research and Editing 

Cowin C. Robinson Distribution 

Avis Knight Typing and Communication 

Burnie Batchelor Photography 

Clyde Smith Research 


The committee wishes to express its appreciation to all those who were helpful in the publication of 
Edenton Street in Methodism. It is not possible to name all individually, but the following deserve per- 
sonal commendation for many hours of unselfish assistance in this work: 

Miss Mary Gardner for her voluminous and interesting history; Landis Bennett, Eugene Spivey, Charles 
Mc Adams, John Evans, Mrs. H. 0. Lineberger and Charles Wright for making valuable photographs avail- 
able; Miss Mattie Reese, Miss Bessie Brown, Mrs. Gertrude Royster Sorrell and Mrs. A. Wray White for 
historical information and documents; W. S. Tarlton for research and historical pictures; and David Jones, 
Mrs. Doris Dosher, Mrs. Kern Holoman, and Skippy Little for artwork. 

Page SS 

Edenton Street Methodist Church 


"O, S pi lit of the Living God, 
Thou Light and Fire Divine, 
Descend upon Thy Church once more 
And make it truly Thine." 


Page 90 



V^/ne hundred and fifty years ago . . . what an 
inspiring scene if we could go back and witness the 
beginning of our great church. Certainly it was a 
small beginning, but it was a significant one. Destiny 
was involved, and destiny helped to design the 
pattern of Methodism in Raleigh. It was the begin- 
ning of a church that would survive great physical 
hazards including fire, lightning and storm. It would 
undergo repeated destruction, building and rebuild- 
ing, until today we have a church structure whose 
beauty is admired by all who behold it. A nucleus of 
Edenton Street Methodist Church members has been 
the center around which many new churches have 
been activated and have grown up while the member- 
ship of our own church continues to be large. 

One hundred and fifty years ahead of us ... . 
what shall this church be? We try to visualize it, but 
we are powerless to see so far into the future. Yet 
we are already vitally concerned about the blueprint 
for the future. We must plan wisely and work dili- 
gently for the constant and effective growth of 
Edenton Street Methodist Church, on this very spot 
and on the land around it, so that there shall ever 
be a great Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh. 
We believe this is our privilege and opportunity to 
serve the glory of God. 

We need a downtown church which will provide 
opportunities for worship, enrichment and spiritual 
growth for all ages. We need and want older people, 
yes, but we want many more children and youth and 
young adults. We want and we have an increasing 
number of these young people. Our church must have 
a vital program to meet the need of all age groups. 

To do this effectively we must have a beautiful and adequate church plant. As times change 
our church will be called upon to provide for an increasing number of functions. In the very near 
future we will be in need of additional Sunday School rooms. Our children and youth also need 
facilities separate and apart from the rooms which are used for worship. They need places where 
they can carry on a wide variety of wholesome and constructive recreational activities. We should 
begin planning immediately for the construction of a recreational annex to our education build- 
ing. We must have space, appropriately designed and equipped for dramatics, indoor games. Chris- 
tian fellowship in play and other creative outlets for the energies of our young people. 

If we are to have an adequate church plant, it will be necessary for us to acquire all the sur- 
rounding land available, even if we are called upon to make sacrifices in money to gain possession 
of the land which we want and need. There must be room for the growth and enlargement of 
church buildings. Around the buildings of the present and the future, additional parking facilities 
will be needed. People will not go to church where there is little parking space, just as they will 
not patronize a store with limited space for their automobiles. A large and attractive parking 
place with beautified surroundings will encourage people to attend the services of the church. 

People will continue to come to our church seeking spiritual growth and guidance. There are 
more hearts hungry for spiritual help and nourishment now than ever before. There are disturb- 

dyde \. Dillon served as Chairman of the 
Building Committee for the remodeling pro- 
gram in 1051. and for the reconstruction in 
1957. He has been active in the physical ex- 
pansion plans and programs of the church for 
more than thirty years. From this experience 
he has anticipated the concrete needs of the 
church of the future at the request of the 
Sesquicentennial Committee. 

Page 91 

ing elements in modern society which make it necessary for our people to seek, more and more, 
spiritual direction in their lives. Those who do not find spiritual direction will add failure to fail- 

Our church program should be designed to give people, especially young people, what they really 
need. Such a program would require us to have not one full-time associate pastor, but two. 
There will be enough challenge from the entire community to keep two good associate pastors 
busy, on the streets, in the homes of our people, with the people who might become numbered 
among us, and in hospitals and nursing homes, where there are anxious eyes looking for a true 
minister of Christ to come to their bedsides. Schools will be calling for the assistance of good 
ministerial helpers. Clubs and civic organizations need their inspiration. We will also need a full- 
time director of religious education and training in the ever-growing church. We should by all 
means have a full-time minister of music who will teach the meaning of the beautiful hymns of 
the church and who will train the various groups to sing them. 

Looking to the future development and growth of Edenton Street Methodist Church, we are 
aware of the challenge that lies ahead of us. If we stay constantly alert to provide an adequate 
and appropriate church plant, plenty of parking space, and a consecrated and well-trained staff, 
we shall be an ever-growing church in downtown Raleigh ; and we shall attract at all times the 
young and the old by doing the most that we humanly can for the good of all, under the leader- 
ship of the Holy Spirit. As God directs and as we respond to his every call, we shall seek His 
approval and we shall be a happy people. 


"Young souls meekly striving 
To -walk in holy ivays." 

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A Prayer For Our 

over a period of one hundred and fifty years 
is a distinction and a sacred privilege for 
which to be thankful. To have been numbered 
among the congregations and pastors respon- 
sible for these years inspires a prayer of 
Thanksgiving to Almighty God. Therefore, 
in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Spirit, the following prayer 

offered : 

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Howard P. Powell, Minister 
Methodist Church. 

of Edenton street 

to acknowledge an unpayable indebtedness, 
the proportions of which we shall never be 
able to comprehend until together we find 
ourselves in The Father's House. Reverently 
and humbly we give Thee hearty thanks for 
those from whose hearts and hands we re- 
ceived Thy benedictions. For the warmth of 
their hearts, touched and made tender by the 
Eternal Heart of God, we bless Thee. For 
their impressive examples of fortitude and 
unqualified loyalty to the Church they loved, 
we praise Thy Name. For those who have 
received and preserved their influence and 
made it a part of our heritage we are grate- 

We hold in tender memory those who from the beginning of this Church and throughout suc- 
ceeding years have given themselves as officers, teachers, and workers in the Sunday School, 
thus giving to the Church well trained boys and girls in mind and heart. We thank Thee for 
those children whose parents have, through the Sacrament of Baptism, dedicated them early 
to our Saviour and His Church. For those who in the atmosphere of this Sanctuary have com- 
mitted their lives to Christ through repentance and the forgiveness of their sins and have as- 
sumed the vows of membership in the Church. Blessed be Thy Name for all those whose marriage 
vows have been spoken at the Altar of this Church thereby laying the foundation for Christian 
homes. For those hearts have been comforted and whose minds have been alerted, we thank 
Thee. For all the prayers that have been prayed here during the one hundred and fifty years of 
history, we lift grateful hearts. 

Make us worthy as we serve between generations preceding and succeeding us that we shall 
not fail to strengthen the influence of the Church — proving ourselves worthy of our heritage 
and equal to our responsibilities for the future. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit inten- 
sify our concern for all those for whom this Church will have a responsbility through the coming 
years. Forbid that any one should be denied the benefits of grace through our neglect. 

Grant unto those ministers, laymen and laywomen who will succeed us great vision, dedication, 
wisdom, generosity, and devotion as followers of the Master in preserving spiritual traditions 
purchased for them and us through sacrifices which we have not yet been willing to make. 

Growing out of our faithfulness and loyalty to the Church may congregations find here spirit- 
ual hospitality to the Highest — going forth refreshed, purified, and empowered to make goodness 
attractive and immortality a necessity. In this Blessed Hope our Forefathers have lived ; in this 
Blessed Hope we are now living, and in this Blessed Hope we anticipate in our prayers a glorious 
future for our Church ! Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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l J e — sus, with Thy Church a — bide; Be her Sav — iour 
2. May her voice be ev — er clear, Warn - ing of a 

Lord and Guide, While on earth her 
Judge-ment near. Tell — ing- of a 


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May she guide the poor and blind. 
Seek the lost until she find, 
And the broken-hearted bind ; 
We beseech thee. Hear us. 

May her lamp of truth be bright; 
Bid her bear aloft its light 
Thro' the realms of pagan night ; 
We beseech, thee. Hear us. 

5. Judge her not for work undone. 
Judge her not for fields unwon. 
Bless her works in thee begun ; 
We beseech, thee, Hear us. 

6. May she holy triumphs win, 
Overthrow the hosts of sin, 
Gather all the nations in; 
We beseech, thee. Hear us. 

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"A thousand ages in Thy sight 
Are as an evening gone — " 

— And one hundred and fifty years of 
service is no more than a single step 
forward in the everlasting purpose 
of God. 





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